Q: I have bought Microsoft Surface Rt tablet with cover keyboard, but I don’t like the Windwos RT OS system. Is it possible to install Ubuntu or any kind of Linux on the tablet? Any suggestions to do that?
A: Microsoft is taking the Apple model this time. The hardware and software of Surface RT is locked, so you are unable to run Linux, Ubuntu or Android OS on the tablet unless cracking it. For Surface Pro, you could try a regular UEFI based boot loader or use a virtual machine software in Windwos 8.
It depends on two things:
1. Flash the device from somewhere or boot it from removable memory.
2. The distro is signed by a key the device recognizes. Fedora should work and software hackers will most likely be all over it.
By the way. A ARM-based Surface RT deivce is not supporting the x86 based UNIX OS. However, I also noticed that the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS comes with the latest ARM-based server systems supported and it powered by certified 64-bit processors.
With a security path released by Microsoft, Windows RT operating system is not allowed to install non-Redmond approved operating systems such as Unix, Linux and Android on Windows RT tablets. It is no way to bypass its boot mechanisms in ARM-powered, locked-down Windows devices.