The first OMI meetup was held last Thursday. We installed Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 8 on a custom-made desktop and installed a low-latency kernel and some additional packages. Ultimately, we want to have a turn key system whereby it is simple for anyone to install our custom image. For that, though, we cannot use the same system (CloneZilla) that we use to deploy images to the cluster machines.
The process of installing Linux alongside Windows 8 (or 8.1) was not laborious. Disabling quick boot and secure boot were the only system settings that we needed to change. Then it was just a matter of partitioning free space for the Linux install and booting from a live disk.