I first tried various early access builds as well as the Betas (1 and 2) in demo mode (a.k.a live)—see screenshot above.
With the release candidate (RC)
elementaryos-6.0-stable.20210805-rc.iso built and made available to GitHub Sponsors on Thu, Aug 5, 2021 I decided that it was finally time to install to disk—though the official release has already been announced for next Tuesday, only three days as of writing.
I failed to install using the default "Erase Disk and Install" option b/c of a
ERROR: libdistinst: pointer in EFI is null ERROR: errored while installing system: paritition valdiation: the ESP paritition must be at least 256 MiB in size
I tracked down the error message to libdistinst .
Packet w/ this additional knowledge I figured that creating my own partition layout should be a feasible way to go. In order to verify this approach, I first installed Pop! OS by System76—which worked like a charm (as usually).
I then re-used the paritition created by the Pop! OS installer for installing elementary OS 6 via the "Custom Install (Advanced)" option.
Unfortunately—again—this didn't work out right away. While the installer seemed to successfully complete the installation, the boot loader (Grub) wasn't able to boot b/c it couldn't find the kernel. 🤔
As I did choose a encrypted (LUKS) partition I figured the installer might not have properly configured Grub.
To verify this assumption I removed the encryption… and the installation and 1th boot succeeded!
Welcome elementary OS 6 on my MacBook.
I guess, I now prepreated for the official release... this coming Tuesday 😎