My family might be buying a Windows Surface tablet with Windows RT (Nvidia)? I was wondering if I can run Ubuntu or WUBI on it for my homework?
Since on the RT tablet I would say no, since Microsoft requires secure keys in order to boot up it. It would probably on a standard Windows 8 tablet though, since the secure boot is an optional thing for OEM's, unlike the mandatory one for the Surface.
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In short, it doesn't look likely without some extreme hacking that nobody has done.
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.
Source: Windows Phone Central Forums
Yes: Microsoft recently leaked so-called "golden keys" used to (essentially) disable secure boot on RT devices.
This makes it possible to run Ubuntu on RT devices; how to do it would be a nice follow-up question, and there doesn't seem to be many guides out there.
I'm not sure if this would work but if you
- Go to your settings go to "Change PC Settings"
- And "Devices"
- Then to "Recovery"
- And look under "Advanced startup" and you might be able to try and start your surface using a usb with Ubuntu on it
protected by Seth Mar 13 '14 at 20:39
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