Microsoft Surface Pro can run Linux

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:
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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18 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Of course.

2. abecedef

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

That's no surprise

3. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

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

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Do you know how to install it on Surface?

18. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

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

5. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

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

16. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

6. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

LOL MacOs. Talk about crippling an awesome item.

8. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

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

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...

13. tmcblog

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 28, 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

17. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

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

14. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

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

15. tmcblog

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

9. wendygarett unregistered

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

11. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

12. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Wish you could also install a full android OS.

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