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Old 03-09-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Ubuntu friendly Win8 notebooks


Hi there,

I am planning to upgrade my notebook, I am currently using the Lenovo Thinkpad X220i, it plays well with Ubuntu, but I am looking for one with internal DVD, there are plenty of them in the market, but most of them come with Win8, which is known to be problematic to install Ubuntu alongside.

Suppose I don't need to have access to win8 partition on Ubuntu, is it possible to have both OS installed and I can select to boot from ? I don't mind changing BIOS setting each reboot, but I want everything original retained, include the system recovery, so that I can easily restore the notebook to it's original state.

I've not play with any win8 notebook yet, and I don't know what model is best for my purpose, I think I may have to stick with Lenovo, but I also interested in Fujitse and Toshiba, any comment ?
 
Old 03-10-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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One issue may be the need for W8. If you don't need it ever again then you could use most of the laptops sold. As you say, you need/wish to keep it.

An easy solution is to use a virtual machine within Windows 8. Good laptops fully support most of the newest virtual hardware specs and run dual OS's near native speeds.

I think there are more than a few posts on this subject with somewhat untrue information also. You need to look at the Ubuntu site. They claim (I believe) that they have a signed bootloader for secure boot systems. There are also other solutions in sight. As with all linux, testing on each model and even chipset is needed for any real tests. Best to see any reports of working systems.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2027...ows-8-pcs.html
 
Old 03-10-2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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That sounds good to me, and I discovered lately that, my Thinkpad also has an UEFI feature but disabled by default, so I suppose new notebook should allow user to disable that feature as well, if the install get stuck in the secure boot. So the main concern seems to have gone, but what about the partiton useage, I found on some HP notebook the partitons are 'over used' and prevented me to install dual boot, as least not as straight forward, I've no problem with Lenovo, dual boot installed with zero effort. Anyone tried with Fujitse and Toshiba, any comment ?
 
Old 03-11-2013, 06:47 AM   #4
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I have an ASUS I had to disable secure boot on, otherwise no problems.

I think it's encouraged to have the feature to be user configurable, but it's not a standard. As well, some notebooks from what I hear make it difficult to enter the config, or may even require Windows 8 to access the UEFI config utility.
 
Old 03-12-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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The issue is not with Win8, but with UEFI secure boot, which can usually be turned off.


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Originally Posted by goumba View Post
I have an ASUS I had to disable secure boot on, otherwise no problems.

I think it's encouraged to have the feature to be user configurable, but it's not a standard. As well, some notebooks from what I hear make it difficult to enter the config, or may even require Windows 8 to access the UEFI config utility.
Being able to disable Secure Boot is mandatory for getting the Windows 8 Logo certification, so if you want to be sure that you can disable Secure Boot get a machine that has that certification.
 
  


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