My post from yesterday (to the hardware forum) seems to have disappeared, so at the risk of having two similar posts running around these forums, I am posting it here again:
I am about to purchase a new laptop (Asus X555LA-XX1792T). In the past I have come across problems of removing Windows due to some locking mechanism that did not allow a boot from a different OS DVD.
A web search shows people reporting no boot device found after what appears to be a successful installation of linux (in their case, usually Ubuntu) onto this laptop.
I also found some references to a locked UEFI mode.
If anyone can advise me on whether or not I can bypass these problems, or if you have any direct experience installing opensuse on Asus X555LA, I would be very grateful for your help. I certainly do not want to buy it and end up with a Windows machine.