Derek_S wrote:The openSUSE installer detected that Windows 8 was already installed, figured out I was using UEFI boot by detecting the FAT32 UEFI boot partition, and even figured out that I had Secure Boot enabled in BIOS. Then it suggested a partition scheme which I could approve or modify, and finished by showing a summary of all the partitions being used for installation, showed it was installing Grub to the UEFI boot partition, and even installed a signed bootloader file, shim.efi, to allow for using Secure Boot. All I had to do post-installation was boot back into Windows and use the bcdedit command to change the path for the bootloader to \EFI\opensuse\shim.efi, and I've had no problems ever since. Why can't the Mint installer do this as well?
I think that without knowing it, you answered your own last question. AFAIK you have to pay $99 to some Microsoft crony company for a bootloader with a signature acceptable to Windows 8. I knew Fedora do it, so it seems openSUSE do the same. Their business models obviously allow them to swallow that cost without passing it on to you. Maybe the 99 dollars are a one-off payment and not a fee-per-license, though I can hardly believe that, or every distro would surely have followed suit by now.
.Derek_S wrote:I think that for every person showing up on this forum trying to fix their failed Linux Mint installation, there are probably 9 others who just give up on Linux and reinstall Windows. Having a bad experience right from the start is not the way to win people over to using Linux over Windows, and I hope the developers read this and take note
Couldn't agree more, but see the above financial issue.