Linux on a touch device? Tell me more - it's not about RAM, it's about usability.
I have a tablet, an Oak Trail. If not for its stupid proprietary screen implementation that prevents it from turning off, Linux would be much, much more usable than Windows. Xournal, for one, is much better than Windows Journal. And Linux in general works much faster than Windows on it.
Try removing hard drive and installing to it on another machine
If you have other machines, this machine is said to come with a normal (removable) hard drive. If you wipe Windows from it on another machine, it can no longer boot Windows. If only a Linux distro is installed on disk it has to boot that or nothing.
I would assume just removiing the disk and powering on this would force a UEFI setup to bring up the UEFI options, certainly it is what I would try first if I could not stop the machine from attempting to boot Windows, which I would never activate nor permit to connect to a network. I would not consider buying anything that combines Windows 8 with a soldered-down disk, as it would have to be returned or discarded if I could not get it to boot anything else.
Some have managed to install on this machine without removing the disk by a method described in the link below, you need to use a 32 bit bootloader image for some reason:
You need an EFI-compatible distro. For ubuntu, x64 EFI is enabled since 12.04-2. However, we'll need to include x86 EFI because our bootloader only reads x86 EFIs
13.04 x64 desktop- (Status: x-server crashes and dumps you to interactive shell)
Used Rufus(GPT for UEFI + FAT + 64 kb+ raring x64 as bootable disk using ISO Image) to create bootable USB. Copied over
OK, the Xserver crashes with the Ubuntu raring based distro (predating this hardware) they used. That bug might be fixed by now, if not it should be fixable by the xorg team-or you could try a Wayland or Mir distro to bypass X entirely. Wonder if it is a lack of xvesa support in the video firmware, combined with a video driver issue?