I have found that it is possible to boot to the desktop on Clear Linux with a machine with a 32bit efi and 64bit processor (Dell Venue 8 Pro 5830).
I have a Debian 12 install and use the GRUB menu from there to manually boot the live USB. I am using an older 33110 build of Clear Linux, though I have confirmed it is possible to reach the desktop on the newest builds (in 40390 Firefox would not draw its UI without disabling hardware acceleration, so I resorted to a past build for now).
I manually boot the USB with the following:
I follow installation for a GRUB dualboot as per https://www.clearlinux.org/clear-linux-documentation/tutorials/multi-boot/dual-boot-linux.html.
I do not think I can chainload the
bootloaderx64.efi. I receive an
/EndEntire error when doing so.
Is there a way to replicate the process of booting the live USB with the installed system?
I do not see an initrd image after installation, so I am not sure if that is the result the device’s unique storage. The only files I see in the
org.clearlinux/ directory are the kernel, the bootloader and loader efis, and
freestanding-i915-firmware.cpio.xz. Is this to be expected?
The blog for the Dell Venue 8 Pro, under the “Quirks” section, suggests that the requirements for booting might not get installed and I have observed that personally. Is there a way to ensure that Clear Linux succeeds?