Linux users rejoice SecureBoot can be disabled on the Surface Pro

first_imgOne of the major concerns surrounding the Surface Pro was the inclusion of SecureBoot, and the fear that you may not be able to install Linux on this tablet PC. Fortunately, during a Reddit AMA with the Surface Team, those fears were sent to the recycling bin.There comes a time in every young computer geeks life when they decide to experiment with alternative operating systems. Some dabble in Linux, while others take comfort in the soft glow of Apple’s OS X. Some may claim that they were born with the urge to love these other operating systems. It’s important that we not judge others for their alternative lifestyles, and allow them to safely explore what makes them happy.The Surface RT is Microsoft’s first attempt at a ARM-powered tablet, and one of the big problems with their implementation of Windows RT was that you were locked in. In other words, you can’t put Windows RT on an Android tablet, and you can’t install Android on the Surface RT. Microsoft’s silence on the question of whether or not the Surface Pro would have the same issue was deafening, until a brief conversation on Reddit cleared the whole thing up.Plasma ActiveWhile the Linux community has been toiling away at bypassing SecureBoot in Windows 8 machines, you’ll be able to disable this feature entirely in Windows 8. The process will be no different than any other Windows 8 machine, in that you just navigate to the advanced boot options and disable the feature. This is exciting for anyone interested in running Linux on the tablet PC, but there are still a few steps in between disable and install.The Surface Pro is still a fairly unique piece of hardware, and supporting everything from the Wacom screen and pen to the Touch or Type covers is unlikely to happen overnight. Once Linux us running well, it would be interesting to see as touch friendly Linux environments like Unity and Plasma Active running on the Surface Pro.Microsoft has made more than a few seemingly open decisions with the Surface Pro. The use of the royalty free DisplayPort and the ability to disable SecureBoot are examples of a company that is far less interested in locking their users into a forced experience. More and more it seems that Microsoft has really paid attention to what users want and used that information to make the Surface Pro.last_img