Without having to make any change to your original Surface Pro setup, you can run a regular Linux from within Windows with the included Microsoft software called Hyper-V.
First, you need to download your favorite Linux distribution. Let’s say you choose Ubuntu (download it here).
Then, you need to activate Hyper-V using the 2-minute procedure available there.
Finally, open Hyper-V manager (available on the Start Screen at the right) and do the following:
- New – Virtual Machine – Next – Set a name (for instance ‘Ubuntu’) – Next – set a minimum of 1Gb of RAM – Next – Select a network – Next – Select ‘Create a virtual disk’ (input the name, maximum size etc. that you want) – Next – Choose ‘Install an operating system from a boot CD/DVD’ and click browse to choose the ISO file that you downloaded earlier – Finish
Then right click on your newly created ‘virtual machine’, choose ‘Start’ and let the magic happen.
You now can run Linux from a window within Windows.
Update: you can refer to this article for a little more details about Hyper-V and to get information about out to install OpenSUSE linux distribution