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[Discuss] Disabling UEFI and dual booting Linux and Windows

The only issue I have with UEFI is that according to a website, that if
you disable UEFI the installed Windows 8 will refuse to run. But, I
don't know how reliable that information is. For the next installfest in
December, we will not have a Fedora or SuSE version that is UEFI
compliant (Fedora 18 is now about December 15). I think that Ubuntu
12.10 should work. So, if we want to dual boot Windows 8 and Fedora 17,
we will probably want to disable UEFI. However, I doubt we will see a
Windows 8 system on December 8, so this might be moot, but we need to be
prepared since Windows 8 is now shipping. 

On 11/04/2012 06:42 AM, John Abreau wrote:
> I'm not really clear on the point you're trying to make in the context of this thread. 
> Jerry is basically saying we need to be knowledgeable about UEFI for our InstallFests 
> in case attendees seeking help installing Linux on their machines are getting tripped up 
> by it. User incompetence is certainly one possible way to get tripped up, but are you 
> seriously trying to argue that volunteers who plan to help attendees install linux should
> absolutely *not* try to become knowledgeable about UEFI? 
> Sent from my iPad
> On Nov 3, 2012, at 5:14 PM, Rich Pieri <richard.pieri at> wrote:
>> On Sat, 03 Nov 2012 15:06:24 -0400
>> Jerry Feldman <gaf at> wrote:
>>> The resource I looked at specifically stated that Windows 8 had to be
>>> reinstalled. In any case, since I have not seen a Windows 8/UEFI
>>> system, this discussion has been useful.
>> What I have heard about Secure Boot interfering with Windows startup
>> has been due entirely to user incompetence. It can see it as possible
>> given the chain of trust in the Windows 8 startup sequence but I would
>> like to see verifiable steps to reproduce the problem. I don't buy into
>> "a friend of mine said he had this problem" reports.
>> -- 
>> Rich P.
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