Installing Linux on Acer Aspire V5

Are you crazy? It comes with Windows 8 preloaded! Well see, that's the problem...

I really like this hardware. Acer Aspire V5-122P has very nice form-factor, it comes with decent amount of memory, very nice touch-screen and a keyboard almost good (compared to Lenovo/IBM Thinkpads).

So back to the problem; Windows 8. Since this is a family laptop there's almost valid excuse to keep the Windows, so dual booting we go.

Steps required to install the best free Linux distribution; Fedora:

  • Download Fedora 20 live media
    • http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora
  • Shrink Windows 8 system partition
    • In Windows run diskmgmt.msc > Choose system disk > Shrink Volume
    • Create new Simple volume for Linux > Do not assign letter for the drive
  • Boot up from Fedora 20 installation or live media, I used USB memory stick
  • Install Fedora on the new partition we just created
  • On reboot you can press F12 to choose to boot Fedora or alternative press F2 to enter the system settings menu (previously called BIOS) and alter the default boot order.
  • Enjoy!
As you can see, there's no black magic involved. You don't need to disable the Microsoft secure boot stuff since Fedora supports UEFI and secure boot.

So what works? Touch screen, WLAN, audio, all the usual stuff. Only display brightness control seems to be not functioning.


ps. I've heard that Ubuntu doesn't work out-of-box on this hardware...