Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/149254/if-i-buy-a-computer-with-windows-8-and-secure-boot-can-i-still-install-linux/
The new UEFI Secure Boot system in Windows 8 has caused more than its fair share of confusion, especially among dual booters. Read on as we clear up the misconceptions about dual booting with Windows 8 and Linux.
I think the problem is that 3rd party OS's become at the mercy of Microsoft's hardware certification ideology. They have gotten burned by loosing access to ARM; and this certainly is a problem!
you should install linux, it actually works.
I woudn't buy a PC if I couldn't install Linux on it. I very happily run Linux Mint on one and Ubuntu Gnome on the other.I still have Windows 7 but only use it now to check it's still there.
starting with 12.10.2 Ubuntu will install in efi mode on UEFI based systems. Please refer to Ubuntu documentation for specific procedures.
if you want to use a linux distro always join their community. it's the easiest way to learn.
I believe the real question can you dual boot linux on M$ Windows 8 or M$ Windows 8 on Linux.
The answer is a resounding YES! But again I say refer to Ubuntu's documentation for proper procedures to install a dual boot via EFI
Thanks Robert. I was pretty sure that was the answer, but it seemed to me that this should be made very clear to everyone.
My problem with the new EFI Secure Boot is Windows 8 refused to boot with it turned off. Once again MS is playing father-knows-best with our operating systems. In my many years of using PCs, never once have I had a virus load during boot, it should be my choice whether or not I use Secure Boot.
I hope I'm missing something and you can boot 8 without secure boot but from some limited experience it didn't work for me.
Yes, exactly. They are "fixing" a non-existant problem. Whereas the BIOS is getting too old, this is just silly for a replacement. I am not going to worry about it though as long as it can be turned off. I am not going to use windows.
I would very much like to see a copy of that agreement Microsoft has with OEM's.
I have 2 new motherboards, from 2 of the leading mboard manufacturers (Gigabyte and ASRock) and neither of them allow SecureBoot to be disabled. (The Gigabyte board allows UEFI boot to be disabled, which is not the same thing).
Also, how does it help security if the drive is locked to a single motherboard? I can't clone a linux drive, move it to another system, and boot it from there, even though I'm legally entitled to do so. This is just draconian DRM under the guise of "security".