I managed to shrink the WIndows 8 Volume down, turned off Secure Boot in the EFI menu, and installed Mint 15 (Cinnamon) x64 desktop.
If I boot with Secure boot off, I get Mint. If I boot with Secure boot on, I get Windows. I installed rEFInd, but have not gotten it working yet; considering Toshiba has its own folder in the EFI/BOOT menu, I may have to copy the refind_x86.efi module to that folder. I haven't tried that yet.
Right now, though, my primary concern is the lack of wifi in the Mint installation. Apparently it doesn't exist, according to Mint, and of course Toshiba is being coy about providing details.
my lshw output is thus:
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$ sudo lshw -C network *-network UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0 version: 01 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list configuration: latency=0 resources: ioport:3000(size=256) memory:c2400000-c2403fff *-network description: Ethernet interface product: QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Qualcomm Atheros physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0 logical name: eth0 version: 10 serial: 7c:05:07:f8:da:d7 size: 1Gbit/s capacity: 1Gbit/s width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm pciexpress msi msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=alx driverversion=1.2.3 duplex=full firmware=N/A ip=192.168.0.200 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s resources: irq:18 memory:c1000000-c103ffff ioport:2000(size=128) dngrsone@Dads ~ $
I will boot back into WIndows 8 and see if I can find some better information, but I will take any help I can get.