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I just bought a new laptop, Samsung ATIV Book 8, and I'm now researching how to approach installing linux alongside Windows 8. Unfortunately I have been reading Samsungs have an issue with booting linux in UEFI.

Does anyone have any insight into my situation.

I hoped to install arch linux, but have been thinking Ubuntu might be a safer bet. Any advice or recommendations?

EDIT: It turns out that the option for legacy mode is not visible until Secure Boot is disabled.

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I highly doubt it doesn't have UEFI, and Secure Boot AFAIK can't exist with legacy BIOS. Can you post some snapshots of your BIOS/UEFI screens? Also, do you see options for turning off SB? Check nearby if you see an option to enable legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module (CSM). –  Karan Jul 13 '13 at 3:33
    
You can post links and someone can add the images for you. Also, do not post duplicates on multiple SE sites: askubuntu.com/questions/319508 –  Karan Jul 13 '13 at 15:30
    
I deleted my answer because it turns out you just needed to disable secure boot before the CSM option becomes visible. I feel so stupid. –  MVTC Jul 13 '13 at 17:51
    
Please simply answer your own question if you have the solution. Also, please delete the Ask Ubuntu variant. Thanks! –  slhck Jul 13 '13 at 17:54
    
Well there you have it. Turns out my suspicion that the support rep was a typically useless exemplar of his ilk was spot on. It is UEFI after all, SB doesn't exist in conjunction with legacy BIOS, and all is right with the world again. :) Now as for whether it is safe for you to install Linux, I would say go for it but it's up to you to take the chance and trust Samsung has completely fixed the bug... –  Karan Jul 13 '13 at 23:32

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