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Old 02-08-2017, 12:38 AM   #1
freegold
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Smile Hi Came to this forum for info. I'm new have Micro Surface Pro 3 and looking for linux


Hi,
Recently, a friend recommended that I come here for information as he wasn't sure. I just bought a MicroSoft Surface Pro 3 with 8 gigs Ram 64 gigs ROM on board. It comes installed with a special windows 8.1 that sucks big time with web browsers ie mostly and nothing to speak of else. A friend suggested I look into running some form of linux on it, but I have no experience. Can anyone point me to reliable information thanks
 
Old 02-08-2017, 03:18 PM   #2
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Greetings fg.
 
Old 02-08-2017, 03:40 PM   #3
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sucks big time with web browsers ie

IE has always sucked....
 
Old 02-08-2017, 03:46 PM   #4
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Have to be careful where you go from here on the MS3. Here is some info about dual booting and the warranty.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-25c029882163

Then a quick web search turns up some info on getting linux onto the device. Before doing something like this - be sure to search for videos and success stories as well as failures. Look for your exact model and make etc etc as some hardware can change between same versions and not be supported in the linux world.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php..._Surface_Pro_3

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IE has always sucked....
Nah, not Always. Early IE (3-5) was ok. Pushed a lot of innovation - and was FAR better than Netscape from the same time.

IE innovations in the early days:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32372...rnet-explorer/
 
Old 02-08-2017, 04:06 PM   #5
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Nah, not Always. Early IE (3-5) was ok. Pushed a lot of innovation - and was FAR better than Netscape from the same time.

IE innovations in the early days:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32372...rnet-explorer/
ok old timer ..j/k

IE always crashed on me

the one they got in win10 I have no idea who designed that one.. it sucks too.
 
Old 02-08-2017, 04:53 PM   #6
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Smile ie sucks

Thank you for the help. Please note that the ie that is on a surface pro is ONLY an app, it is not the full blown crummy program. It is worse! I recently downloaded from the app store an off market browser app which works somewhat better, but I still couldn't do a lot with it on the modern day web. Another friend said I could crack my surface to force it to do more, but I don't know about this either. Thanks for all your help.
Rick (freegold)

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Have to be careful where you go from here on the MS3. Here is some info about dual booting and the warranty.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...1-25c029882163

Then a quick web search turns up some info on getting linux onto the device. Before doing something like this - be sure to search for videos and success stories as well as failures. Look for your exact model and make etc etc as some hardware can change between same versions and not be supported in the linux world.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php..._Surface_Pro_3



Nah, not Always. Early IE (3-5) was ok. Pushed a lot of innovation - and was FAR better than Netscape from the same time.

IE innovations in the early days:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32372...rnet-explorer/
 
Old 02-08-2017, 10:03 PM   #7
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Hello and welcome to the forum
 
Old 02-09-2017, 01:02 AM   #8
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Hi and welcome. VirtualBox would allow you to try Linux, without disturbing MsWin at all.
I find it to be easy/simple, safe, and thus fun (for me).
OSboxes has pre-installed Linux distro .vdi s, which would mostly skip 'installing' .iso
A detailed Tutorial I found: http://www.davidwalling.com/ubuntu_002_xenial.pdf

Picking good web-search keywords helps in researching topics; I add: wiki (WikiPedia).

Best wishes; ENJOY your Linux journey. Looking forward to hearing how it goes.
 
Old 02-09-2017, 09:28 AM   #9
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Just to add to the excellant post above.

First. Learn how to boot your new Surface Pro from USB drive. MicroSoft even tells you how to do this.

https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en...-10&=undefined

Then find you a UEFI linux iso. Download it. Md5sum it. Install it to usb and make it persistent usb install to save changes on.

Google can explain what I just said. I'll leave you with.

http://www.techist.com/forums/f84/bo...ro-4-a-277016/

Mint has UEFI capable isos and can be used as a persistent usb install also. Most newbies like using Linux Mint.

Howdy and Welcome from a self taught linux user.

Last edited by rokytnji; 02-09-2017 at 09:30 AM.
 
Old 02-14-2017, 09:15 AM   #10
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