SevenCubed - 3:58 pm on Feb 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Ahhhhhh sneaky little rascals. I can see where they are going with this based on what graeme_p has outlined above.
My systems runs fine with Secure Boot disabled. I just went in and disabled it then rebooted just to answer that question -- it's inactive right now. The message in the BIOS says:
When Secure Boot mode is enabled, BIOS performs cryptographic check during bootup, for the integrity of the software image. It prevents unauthorized or maliciously modified software from running.
After disabling it and resuming bootup I get a prompt to enter a code and accept the change. I guess it's a double measure to confirm that I am aware of the change request and that it's me who initiated it -- not some malware.
From within the article of the link above it's quite clear that it's doable but needless to say one has to have determination. Most average users would probably get discouraged and abandon the idea. Or, as graeme points out, buy more hardware to run each OS on its own system.
None the less I certainly can't fault Linus Torvalds for his response that would ease the burden. If it was now absolutely impossible to dual boot a system he might have been more receptive but it can still be done.
I know I'll get my laptop setup as a dual boot eventually now that I know what I didn't know before diving into it blindly. It isn't a priority right now. I just approached it like I did with other dual boot systems I've had over the years (Win98/Win2000, Win2000/WinXP). Now it's just a bit more complicated. On my next attempt I'll disable it until I get everything running smoothly then try re-enabling it to see if it will continue to run smoothly. My main issues though were the Windows system's MBR inability to recognize the 5th partition that I had attempted to install Ubuntu on. The second worst issue has been video drivers, which of course is the worst because with a black screen you can't even get any clues. But even with that I have found work-arounds based on tidbits of info I've found elsewhere.
Anyway I'm off for a date with Nadia right now. I have some Cinnamon for her too. She's a dual boot, with Ubuntu Server on my desktop. I'm going to take Linux Mint 14 for a test drive.
Oh and I'm not ignoring your other posts (and drhowarddrfine) in the other Linux thread I have open, I'm just putting together more info before I get back into it.