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see linux 8 in windows 8 UEFI boot screen?

Postby xVermicide on Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:15 am

hi, i know this seems like an obvious question but i'm new to UEFI and the new windows 8 boot loader.

i'm wondering if it will ever be possible to have linux boot through the graphical win8 boot interface. my PC has windows 8 pro installed in UEFI mode, and i've seen the interface to choose an operating system in videos. but obviously the only choices were different windows versions. so would having linux boot through the windows loader ever be possible? or we'll always have to use GRUB?
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Re: see linux 8 in windows 8 UEFI boot screen?

Postby srs5694 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:42 pm

I don't know of any way to have the Windows EFI boot loader redirect to another EFI boot loader. That said, I could simply be unaware of the option, so it may be possible but I just don't know how to do it.

There are other options, though. My Web page on EFI boot loaders describes several EFI boot loaders for Linux and boot managers. GRUB 2 is one of these, but if you don't like it, you could use any of several others. My rEFInd and gummiboot deserve special mention, since they're boot managers that enable you to switch between boot loaders. They can also both boot 3.3.0 and later Linux kernels directly, bypassing GRUB entirely. You'd need to disable or reconfigure Secure Boot to use either of them, although I'm working on providing support for Shim and MOK in rEFInd.
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Re: see linux 8 in windows 8 UEFI boot screen?

Postby xVermicide on Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:17 pm

i've read your thread about rEFInd, i was looking into it. i read LM14 is not able to install in UEFI mode. is this still true or has it been fixed?
are there any pictures or videos of your rEFInd?
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Re: see linux 8 in windows 8 UEFI boot screen?

Postby srs5694 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:03 am

xVermicide wrote:i've read your thread about rEFInd, i was looking into it. i read LM14 is not able to install in UEFI mode. is this still true or has it been fixed?


There was an announcement a day or two ago that Mint 14.1 now includes the fixes to the EFI installation support.

are there any pictures or videos of your rEFInd?


See its Web site.
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