SevenCubed - 5:34 pm on Feb 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Be that as it may, booting Linux on Windows 8 PCs with Secure Boot active is still a headache -- and dealing with binary drivers will only make it more so.
I have had that exact headache recently when trying to setup my Windows 8 laptop as a dual boot with Ubuntu. I ran into soooo many problems and finally gave up. Even going into the BIOS and disabling Secure Boot didn't get me over the hurdle. However by the time I had reached that point I had other issues that may have prevented that from working -- primarily that Windows doesn't recognize more than 4 logical partitions on a HDD. I wasn't aware of that prior to beginning and was in fact trying to install Ubuntu on a 5th logical partition after shrinking my C drive by 100GB to give space to Linux. By default my HP laptop has the other 3 logical partitions already used out-of-box for proprietary stuff like recovery drive and tools.
In the end I now have a modified master boot record that on startup prompts me to boot into Windows or Ubuntu even though I couldn't get Ubuntu installed. I have since found an EXCELLENT tutorial [admaris.com...] which also cross-references other tutorials, on how to accomplish it but before I can retry I need to backup and reinstall back to factory settings. I just don't feel like going through that time consuming process right now, especially reinstalling all applications again afterward. It'll be a rainy day project. I'll have to settle with experimenting with it on my old box for now where it's running fine.