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Old 01-28-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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I am a newbie. I have a laptop with windows 8 installed and would like to be able to double boot with Fedora. I understand that Microsoft is making that difficult. One reason more to forever turn my back on Microsoft. Is there a way to get around the "Secure Boot" issue in Windows 8? Alternatively is it possible to get rid of Windows 8 entirely and just run Fedora? Is there a new Fedora release insight that will get around this problem?

[MERGE]I understand that secure boot is the problem preventing the desired outcome. If I disable secure boot how unsafe does my laptop become? Are there other ways of protecting the computer but keeping it disabled?[/MERGE]

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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I believe secure boot is designed to prevent rootkits and malware setting themselves to boot. It will essentially be no less secure than it was before you used a UEFI bootloader (i.e. Windows will want to use an antivirus, Linux is generally safe as long as you're sensible, both will want to use firewalls etc).

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Secur...nd_Secure_Boot seems to suggest that you either can, or will shortly be able to, boot Fedora with SecureBoot enabled - but in the meantime, I don't think it's a terrible risk to disable it.

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. Very helpful indeed. Let's hope a permanent solution will be found for all distros soon.
 
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