- 01-04-2013, 11:54 PM #8
The majority of supercomputers run Linux too. 94 Percent of the World's Top 500 Supercomputers Run Linux | Linux.com
Linux on the desktop might not be popular, but that does not mean Linux is a niche product.
On the small scale level, Linux is found in cars, home appliances, etc in embedded devices.--Laura Knotek (formerly known as lak611)
- 01-06-2013, 01:01 PM #10
Yes it would be possible. You would have to have the correct drivers, but seeing that Tegra 3 already has Linux drivers for Android it shouldn't be hard. You would also need the Secure Boot Key to be able to boot. That would be the harder part. If someone with the right talent put effort into it, It could be done. That being said it would be rather pointless as the Surface is expensive and certain parts like the Touch/Type Cover are proprietary so forget about those ever working in another OS.
- 01-06-2013, 01:18 PM #11--Laura Knotek (formerly known as lak611)
02-26-2013, 08:59 AM #12
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Microsoft have deliberately nobbled the Windows 8 specification so that this can't happen on ARM-based machines.
To be Windows 8 RT compatible (ARM machines only) it must not be possible to disable or reconfigure secure boot. So if you have an ARM machine that can run Windows 8 RT then it can only run an operating system signed by Microsoft.
So the Surface RT is like all other Windows 8 RT in that it's very much a device for muggles and mouse mittens; no Linux or BSD wizardry allowed, no dual-booting hacked-up iOS and no Android either. I can understand why they'd do this because most people are pointers and clickers, but it's not a machine for tech-heads.
The Surface Pro has an Intel i5 machine so hopefully Ubuntu 13.04 will support it of the box, if it does then I'll get one.
- 02-26-2013, 10:07 AM #13
With all of that said, I'm quite happy with WinRT on my Surface, and will not be looking into changing it anytime soon. I'm sure that getting Ubuntu on here is feasible, and will be done (I'd be more shocked if it weren't), but I shan't be one of the people jumping on that bandwagon.
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02-26-2013, 01:45 PM #14
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02-26-2013, 01:49 PM #15
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On the other hand, once I realized I needed the 32-bit installer rather than the 64, I was able to get Ubuntu running off a USB key on My Surface Pro in a matter of minutes ;) Granted, no Wi-Fi support right off the bat, but hey, it wouldn't be Linux without the traditional multi-day driver hunt/hack.
02-26-2013, 05:58 PM #16
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Why not try it?
Make a USB recovery drive for RT (it's easy, I made mine last night) and go experimenting.
If MS followed proper UEFI standards, you should be able to disable enough security to install another OS.
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