I am in need a of a new laptop soon and most of them for sale look to have Windows 8 on them. I would like to just wipe it off and install Ubuntu 12.10 on the laptop. Will the Win8 secure boot stuff be a problem for me at all? Thanks for the help!
Windows 8 itself won't really be a problem, but the secure-boot stuff that is included on all windows 8 computers probably will be. You will want to investigate the hardware manufacturer and the specific hardware model to see if they either allow turning off secure-boot, or if there is some way to install/boot a different OS. The Ubuntu 64-bit installer supports UEFI booting, so getting it installed is the only real hard part.
Please do read the link that Aditya posted for more information: Installing Ubuntu on a Pre-Installed UEFI Supported Windows 8 system