I heard that recent laptops with Windows 8 enable secure boot which can cause problems while installing or using Ubuntu, and I'm worrying because I have a plan to buy a Dell Inspiron 15z with Windows 8 but want to use Ubuntu with no problem.

If I remove Windows 8 from my Windows 8 pre-installed laptop and disable the secure boot option, will Ubuntu install normally and run with no problem?

Thanks for answering :)

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    I think Ubuntu will work fine, but why not buy a computer with Ubuntu preinstalled? That way you are 100% sure it will work, and you don't pay for Windows. You can buy them at System76 for example. – stommestack Jun 24 '13 at 13:19
  • @com.BOY This is not the right place for shopping recommendations. – gertvdijk Jun 24 '13 at 13:24
  • @gertvdijk _ Well, IMO, a link where one can find linux/ubuntu compatible hardware is, IMO, on topic. It is not advice for a specific piece of hardware, but I can also see where is a bit borderline. – Panther Jun 24 '13 at 17:34

I have a Dell XPS that came shipped with Windows 8. I turned off secure boot in the bios and used Ubuntu 12.10 install disc. I was able to install it side by side Win 8 with no problems. At startup and I an option now that allows me to boot using the windows UEFI mode, or something similar, or just boot in Ubuntu. Both work fine.

Retrospectively, I don't think that I needed to turn off secure boot in the BIOS. I am not sure what it actually did but I think Ubuntu was clever enough to figure it out for me.

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  • Thank you very much for your answer :) It was helpful for me Thanks! – Song Young-woon Jun 24 '13 at 14:33
  • @SongYoung-woon If this answer solved your question, please click the checkmark next to this answer. – stommestack Jun 24 '13 at 15:32

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