SevenCubed - 6:25 pm on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Given the dual boot problem, can you cold turkey off Windows?
I never give up that easy. I'll get it dual-booted. I'm still gathering information from various sources and trying to put it all together for a comprehensive understanding of what I'm dealing with.
Secure Boot is new to me, as well as UEFI which appears to be a transition away from the traditional BIOS. Combine those two new technologies (for me) along with my previous unawareness of MSFTs MBR's inability to handle more than 4 logical partitions and it was a perfect storm.
Add to the above that Ubuntu's site directed me to a 32 bit ISO image rather than the 64 bit one I had chosen and I was defeated before I even got started. I did stop and think during the install attempt that it was a 32 bit version I was working with rather than the 64 bit version I was expecting but I guess I was having a brain-dead moment and went ahead with it anyway knowing that a 32 bit will run on 64 bit platform.
Wrong. If I'm using UEFI, and Windows 8 is using UEFI (it is) then i must install the 64 bit version.
I think the link hand-off to a local mirror site on Ubuntu's site is wrong, I should contact them about it. I can see the 64 bit request in the hand-off in the address window but when I arrive at the mirror for download it switches to the 32 bit. I can manually force the 64 bit version by changing it in the URI in the address bar (I know now after-the-fact).
Ultimately if I had to quit cold turkey I could do it. But I would prefer to keep Windows on the laptop and Linux on my desktop if it doesn't work out.
I've been working with Linux Mint Nadia on my desktop for a few days now. I'm enjoying it. Response it quick and crisp. It was a (mostly) painless install. It's what I'm using right now in spite of it's miserly 512MB of RAM. I am in awe concerning the ease of finding and installing new software via command line using Aptitude.