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Microsoft Surface Pro can run Linux

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Microsoft Surface Pro can run Linux
For a while, there were concerns that Microsoft was planning to lock down Windows 8 tablets in the same way that it had locked down Windows RT tablets, which would have meant a locked bootloader and therefore no option to set up a dual-boot system. But, the Microsoft Surface Pro team has confirmed that the tablet will be able to run Linux.

The information came via a Reddit Ask Me About Anything session with Panos Panay who is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and works on the Surface Pro Engineering Team. Reddit user Nygmatic asked, "For the Surface Pro....is the boot loader unlocked? Can I do what I want with my (potential) property? Or am I locked in to Windows 8?" Panay cleared up any concerns saying:
Like other Windows 8 machines, you can access BIOS settings and turn off secure boot, enabling you to load other OSes.
So, there you have it. Windows RT and Windows Phone may still be locked down, but Windows 8 tablets will work just like any other Windows device, meaning you could turn off secure boot and load up Ubuntu anytime you want. 

source: Reddit via Venture Beat

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posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:11 4

1. cezarepc (Posts: 509; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Of course.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:18 8

2. abecedef (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


That's no surprise

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:21 2

3. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


who wants ubuntu?.i rather sideload it with mac osx

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:46 3

4. hmd74 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Do you know how to install it on Surface?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 13:44

18. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Yes, follow hackintoch tutorial on how to install mac osx on
Intel machines. Google it.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:50 7

5. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


I'd rather have Ubuntu, a tablet like this is not a kid's toy.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:52

16. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


a tablet with a full windows OS is a kids toy. Ipads are kids toys.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 17:09 7

6. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


LOL MacOs. Talk about crippling an awesome item.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 17:53 5

8. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I like OSX but on the surface what would be the point of throwing out all of that touch screen functionality?

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 19:45

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Osx only good at magic mouse... I don't think it's compatible with full touchscreen... you might frustrated if download osx.... Ubuntu is better since it has so much gesture...

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 22:45

13. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Who wants ubuntu?
Of course human, not you.

Good luck with Mac security that is 10 years behind microsoft

news.cnet. com/8301-1009_3-57414516-83/new-mac-os-x-trojan-un​earthed-call-it-sabpub/

news.cnet. com/8301-13579_3-57421513-37/kaspersky-mac-securit​y-is-10-years-behind-microsoft/

Apple is known for their crappy hardware & limited OS capabilities

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 13:27

17. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


You call apple hardwre crappy? Even micosoft prefer apple hardware to their
OEM hardware. Make more reserch before you post comment.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 02:39

14. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Oh man if people knew how hard it was to install Mac OS X. Haven't had success in years and countless distros :|

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 05:07

15. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Haven't had success in years?
Have you ever heard Hackintosh?

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 17:09

7. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Waiting for Ubuntu NEXUS TAB by end of this year at half the price :)

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 19:37 5

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


first bluestack apps and now this? Another punch to android fanboy for sayin Windows 8 sucks hehehe :p

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 19:59

11. yowanvista (Posts: 287; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


If it can run Linux it can run the x86 port of Android

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 21:57

12. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Wish you could also install a full android OS.

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