PaulNM on 9 Jul 2017 21:12:49 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Booting, UEFI, BIOS

On 07/09/2017 09:28 PM, brent timothy saner wrote:

i definitely have to echo rich's sentiments, here. UEFI isn't the evil
monster a lot of people make it out to be. sure, it's not perfect, but
it definitely addresses a lot of issues that BIOS had (and i find it
incredibly easier to maintain/manage).

Much of the "evil" reputation comes from secure boot rather than UEFI generally. In particular, fears of vendors not allowing you to specify your own keys or turn secure boot off.

Microsoft tried to placate those fears by mandating OEMs allow that in order to sell systems with Windows 8.1. People at the time pointed out that it didn't apply to arm systems (those actually mandated dis-allowing different keys or disabling secure boot), and that could change in the future. They were right, MS no longer mandates it with Win 10.

UEFI actually simplifies many things, by removing a bunch of cruft that BIOS used to handle. For years OS's have had work-arounds for initializing hardware and/or ignoring the BIOS completely for stuff.

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