I tried to use this very old post as a model to install directly to the LUKS mapper instead of to an LVM set on top of the mapper, but the Ubuntu 21.10 installer explicitly forbids installing to a mapper.

The basic TLDR of the old post was:

  1. Boot in try it mode
  2. Manually create the LUKS partition
  3. Do a luksOpen on the partition
  4. Point the installer at the "opened" partition
  5. Post install click "continue testing"
  6. Back in shell, make a chroot
  7. In the chroot setup fstab and grub
  8. Close out the chroot and reboot

Of course I'm failing on #4 since the installer wont let me install to a mapper device.

So, is there any way to use the single-partition setup that "Install alongside Windows" uses, but with LUKS enabled? Possibly through scripted installs? This is how I've gotten past some of the more exotic Microsoft prohibitions previously.

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    Does this answer your question? How do I install Ubuntu with full disk encryption without having to "erase everything"?. It's not that complicated! You can use the installer without having to use chroot or touch the terminal
    – Nmath
    Mar 5, 2022 at 6:50
  • I don't see where you've said what installer you're talking about. Ubuntu 21.10 has multiple ISOs available that use different installers; but you've not said if you're talking about a ubiquity installer/ISO, subiquity installer/ISO etc. The ubiquity installer has been available for many releases (decade+) but you've provided no specific details as to what you actually tried & had issues with. Please clarify.
    – guiverc
    Mar 5, 2022 at 7:05
  • @Nmath, yes it does. Thanks. I had found that post earlier but didn't realize that it would work with a Win10 EFI install. Having done the install 3 times now, the post makes much more sense. Thanks for suggesting I reread it.
    – Dan
    Mar 5, 2022 at 9:09
  • @guiverc, Think this post is a duplicate. It was ubiquity I think. Whatever the default installer is for ubuntu-21.10-desktop-amd64.iso
    – Dan
    Mar 5, 2022 at 9:10
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    Yep ubiquity is the default desktop installer for 21.10 (most flavors too but not Lubuntu or Ubuntu-Studio which use calamares), Ubuntu server installer being subiquity (FYI: There was the canary desktop installer ISO too that uses the desktop version of subiquity but it wasn't released thus it's canary status; it wasn't ready for 21.10)
    – guiverc
    Mar 5, 2022 at 9:11


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