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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware

Am Freitag, 23. September 2011 schrieb Alex:
> Any comments on the "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
> firmware" and its ability to preclude booting from alternative
> operating systems such as Linux, BSD etc., would be greatly
> appreciated, as per article entitled "Windows 8 secure boot would
> 'exclude' Linux" at
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/21/secure_boot_firmware_linux_excl
> usion_fears/

First I think that Linux already has too much market share for this to go 
through silently. Look at those articles, also at Heise.

Second I did not yet get UEFI and/or GPT to work with Linux 3.0 on a brand 
new ThinkPad T520 with newest UEFI capable BIOS. Only MBR with BIOS does 
work currently. Not even GPT with BIOS boot.

To me currently that whole UEFI stuff is just a pile of crap - cause BIOS 
vendors just test with Windows. Initial ThinkPad T520 didn´t even boot 
Linux from MBR with BIOS unless I marked one partition bootable which 
Linux does not require at all.

Consider blog entries by Matthew Garrett including, but not limited to

UEFI secure booting - part 1 and 2:

To me it seems that computer firmwares on the PC platform, namely BIOS, are 
one of the last largest portion of proprietary crap that Linux users can´t 
easily avoid unless Coreboot becomes more widespread. But even then there 
are upgradeability issues.

But I also do not know an easy solution right now although I would like to 
flash a Linux kernel directly to the CMOS flash.

The PC platform sucks so big time regarding partitioning schemes and 
firmwares that it is not even funny anymore. MBR is just beyond words while 
Amiga with Rigid Disk Block (RDB) has had something that was that much 
more advanced that one could think it has been imported from another 
universe. And then GPT rectifies lots of MBR problems at the price of way 
more complexity than what IMHO is needed. And EFI drives the complexity to 
a level that UEFI was invented which as far as I understand was an aim to 
simplify things again.

I really pray for some sanity regarding:

- computer firmwares
- partitioning schemes
- and a interoperable filesystem for hotplugable storage devices, cause 
FAT32 is a joke nowadays and ExFAT is not by any means free as far was I 

Somehow I hope that Linux becomes widespread enough to have hardware 
vendors build hardware specifically for it instead of breaking things 
horribly just to accomodate for limitations in Windows.

Pile of s..., if you ask me.

Martin 'Helios' Steigerwald - http://www.Lichtvoll.de
GPG: 03B0 0D6C 0040 0710 4AFA  B82F 991B EAAC A599 84C7

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