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How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8 in 10 easy steps

One of the most talked about topics of the last year has been the Windows 8 debacle and how it is now much more difficult to install Linux because of the UEFI secure boot system.

I have just obtained my first laptop that contains Windows 8 and therefore my first laptop with UEFI and secure boot enabled.

So just how difficult is it to install Linux alongside Windows 8? I spent some time over the weekend installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8 on this computer and the following is a guide showing the steps I performed to achieve this task.