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You can’t run Linux on Apple’s 2018 Macs (Update: or maybe you can… while sacrificing some security)

Apple’s newest computers have a new chip dedicated to security. That’s a great thing if you care about disk encryption, support for for Touch ID/fingerprint sensors, and even improved visuals using a FaceTime HD camera. It’s less good news if you care about booting Linux on a Mac. Any computer with the Apple T2 security […]

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Linux Foundation solves UEFI Secure Boot problem – you’ll be able to install Linux on most Windows 8 PCs

The folks at the Linux Foundation have come up with a way to make sure that you’ll be able to install an open source operating system on most computers that ship with Windows 8. Up until now, it’s been pretty easy to install Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or other operating systems on store-bought Windows computers. But […]

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Don’t expect to see many dual-boot Android, Windows 8 tablets

While it’s nice to imagine what Windows 8 would look like on a tablet like the HP TouchPad, the truth is that you probably won’t be able to install Microsoft’s upcoming operating system on any existing tablets with ARM-based processors. Microsoft has no plans to sell an installable version of Windows on ARM directly to […]

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Windows 8 won’t prevent you from dual booting with Linux, but hardware vendors might

Before a computer boots Windows, OS X, Linux, or any other operating system it loads system-level firmware. For the past few decades most PCs have used something called BIOS to recognize your hardware and load the appropriate operating system. But there’s a new kid in town called UEFI, (which is what Macs have been using […]