I've got linux iso installed on a bootable usb and boot it from refind which works fine. But when I choose to install ubuntu in the grub menu I get a black screen.

After some digging online I read that I should add nomodeset to a line in the grub editor (pressing e when seeing ubuntu options: try ubuntu, install ubuntu etc.) to keep these changes I must press f10. But of course this is impossible because of the touchbar. It also says you can press control+x but as I found out this doesn't work and just types the letter x (a known bug).

How do I get around this? I only have one usb slot and that is used to boot linux, so I can't plug in an external keyboard. I also tried changing the key mapping (tilde to f10) from the terminal but these changed mappings appear to only work when booted in macos.

  • Get a USB hub so you can plug in a keyboard and mouse. You're going to need it anyway as once you boot into a Linux OS your trackpad and keyboard will stop working until you load the correct drivers: github.com/Dunedan/mbp-2016-linux#keyboard--touchpad. – JBis Aug 7 at 13:55

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