Hi everyone! I’m mainly still a newbie to Linux, I have tried many distros out there, and now I would like to give Endeavour a try, considering that I’m intrigued by the Arch Linux world, I already tried Manjaro but considering the very subject and motivation for this post, I’m very disappointed by its limitations.
My gear: A mac mini 8.1 2018, Core i7 8700b (6-core, HT) 16 Go RAM, with different OSes: right now, it’s Win10 22h2, macOS 10.14 Mojave, and Fedora 39 beta (and Kubuntu 23.04, and…)
I have many external SSDs installed inside thunderbolt 2 boxes, connected to 3 of the 4 TB3 USB-C connectors of the mac mini, using the TB2 to TB3 converter cables from apple. Few of my disks are connected (and chained) directly in the fourth USB-C TB3 port of the mini.
My question: is it possible to install and boot Endeavour from an external TB SSD?
Many different distros I have tried are able to install on an external TB disk (except manjaro, who doesn’t seems to be aware of the existence of bolt?), but none of them was able to boot from these partitions, whatever the default bootloader is (tried Grub, reFind, sysemd-boot…).
Reading the docs, it appears to me (of course, being a noob, please take all what I say with a grain of salt) that the core of the problem is that TB partitions are handled mostly in user-space. I know there is also different levels of security, but I don’t know what to do exactly with this info.
So, before installing and testing Endeavour, I’m looking for a simple (please ?) and reliable way to install, setup and then boot it from an external SSD connected to a TB3 port of my mini.
Until now, with all the distros I’ve tested, I’m forced to use USB-connected HDDs only, which is a regression compared to the amazing speed and latency of the thunderbolt interface.
Note that I don’t mind typing a load of things in a terminal, in fact in the past the command line appeared to me the only reliable way to solve everyday Linux - and mac - problems, so I’m really grateful to all the geeks out there that take the time to post different solutions and infos on blogs or forums, and improve my knowledge at the same time - that’s my real motivation to use Linux, I love to understand how things works, even if 99% of the time I don’t have a single clue of what you’re talking about.