Oct 12, 2012

Is there a way to run Linux on Windows 8?

I know there were early concerns about being able to run Linux on the new Windows 8 machines. Does anyone know if there will be a way to get Linux on a Windows 8 PC?



There have been some reports in the Brit tech press that The Linux Foundation is going to get a MS key and pre-bootloader so that Linux will be recognized as authorized software by Windows 8.  This was described as a stop-gap measure in the piece I read.  



Well, you could try VirtualBox (free and open source), Parallels or VMWare. I'm sure those will be updated to allow Linux clients to run on Windows 8 hosts. You'll have to check with on the sites of each application though, they may or may not have already updated them. I'd try VirtualBox first since it's free and does many of the same things as the other two commercial applications.

I'm assuming that you're okay with running Linux in a virtual machine. SJVN has a look at some of the difficulties with running it directly on Windows 8 computers:

Installing Linux on Windows 8 PCs: No easy answers

"Here's Microsoft's plan: Every new PC sold with Windows 8 will be locked up tight with Microsoft's UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) secure boot on. Microsoft says that this is to help secure your PCs from rootkits and malware. It also happens to stop you from easily installing Linux or any other operating system, such as Windows 7 or XP, on a Windows 8 system. Thanks Microsoft. We really needed that kind of protection!"
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