Impossible to boot in maybe-ubiquity mode and choose a language when booting in UEFI

Bug #1766047 reported by FurretUber on 2018-04-22
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu CD Images

Bug Description

When booting Ubuntu or one of its flavors (noticed first with Xubuntu) in UEFI mode, ubiquity never opens. The issue this causes is that there is never a option to choose a language, so all systems booted in UEFI mode are always in English, consequently the language, keyboard and timezone are wrong.

My suggestion is to, instead of having two options (one to try and another to install), have one that boots in the ubiquity window, asking what the user wants to do and the language the user desires to use. Something like:

menuentry "Start Ubuntu" {
 set gfxpayload=keep
 linux /casper/vmlinuz.efi file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed maybe-ubiquity boot=casper quiet splash ---
 initrd /casper/initrd.lz

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: ubiquity 18.04.9
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-15.16-generic 4.15.15
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-15-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu6
Architecture: amd64
CasperVersion: 1.393
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Sun Apr 22 04:28:14 2018
InstallCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/casper/vmlinuz.efi file=/cdrom/preseed/xubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash ---
LiveMediaBuild: Xubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Alpha amd64 (20180421.1)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: ubiquity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

FurretUber (furretuber) wrote :
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
Jean-Baptiste Lallement (jibel) wrote :

Thanks for your suggestion.

summary: - Impossible to choose a language when booting in UEFI, as Ubiquity never
- opens due to problematic grub config
+ Impossible to boot in maybe-ubiquity mode and choose a language when
+ booting in UEFI
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged

Not a bug in ubiquity or grub2. This will need changes in debian-cd (if I'm not mistaken) in how we generate the menu for live CDs.

no longer affects: ubiquity (Ubuntu)
Changed in debian-cd (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
Adam Conrad (adconrad) on 2018-10-03
no longer affects: debian-cd (Ubuntu)
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2019-06-20
Changed in ubuntu-cdimage:
status: New → Confirmed
no longer affects: grub2 (Ubuntu)
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