Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 6th Dec 2012 05:26 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes With computers now shipping with UEFI Secure Boot enabled, users of any OS other than Windows 8 will want to know how to circumvent it. Jesse Smith of DistroWatch tells how he did it here. The Linux Foundation describes its approach here. If you want to boot an OS other than Windows 8, you'll want to figure this out before you buy that new computer.
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RE[7]: I did my homework
by Alfman on Thu 6th Dec 2012 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: I did my homework"
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"As I said, get Dell Latitudes or Lenovos (Thinkpad) with Intel chipsets and you are usually okay."

Dells website shows some laptops are compatible with Ubuntu, but it forces me to buy a version of windows, which is part of the problem Bill_Shooter_of_Bul and I were talking about.

Incidentally, I had a horrible experience with dell. I tried buying a large stash of hard drives for a NAS, but the website informed me that bulk orders couldn't be processed through the website and I'd have to call to place the order. I called and they quoted me a price that was higher than on the website, they spoke to a manager to approve the advertised price, and I gave them my credit card info and I thought my order was placed. But after several days I hadn't received any kind of confirmation and the drives hadn't arrived. I tried calling the rep but there was no answer. I called sales, and they told me my rep was on vacation and that they couldn't find my order, but they didn't want to ship other drives if my original order had already gone out, they had me wait for the original guy to get back. He forgot to place the order.

Now I know accidents happen and this is probably not typical, but my order was delayed by two weeks because they didn't handle it, and to top it all off I did not get so much as an apology from them. I've stuck with newegg since, however they don't offer any linux computers.

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