Items tagged with UEFI

Gigabyte had us out to their L.A. offices to show off their latest line of motherboards packing the Intel Z87 chipset, and as usual, the company has a whole lot of SKUs coming down the pike. Clearly, the most work went into Gigabyte’s OC and gaming lines, but there are plenty of welcome surprises and new features in this launch. Extreme OC Series Of all the new motherboards it has brewing, Gigabyte seems to be particularly excited about the Extreme OC series, and it’s not hard to see why. The orange-and-black color scheme takes a backseat to everything the company packed onto the PCB... Read more...
Can something that's just taken a couple of months to arrive still be considered "long-awaited"? If so, the official Linux UEFI pre-bootloader fits the bill, as it's something that's been needed ever since the introduction of the Microsoft-pushed Secure Boot mechanism on UEFI-equipped PCs. We've talked about this pre-bootloader a couple of times in the past. Its goal is simple: to allow Linux OSes to boot up on systems that have Secure Boot enabled. The work-around hasn't been so simple, but it's happened. As discussed last week, this pre-bootloader was recently re-written in order to support every... Read more...
When the Linux Foundation announced that it was creating its own UEFI boot solution, it seemed that our woes about not being able to install Linux on Secure Boot systems would soon be coming to an end. While the "pre-bootloader" is still not production-ready, it's been readily worked on, and recently experienced some significant changes. One of the most important goals of this pre-bootloader is that it'd be able to operate with any primary bootloader just fine, such as GRUB. However, due to design choices, the Gummiboot bootloader was simply incompatible. This is a bootloader that's specifically... Read more...
Linux users have long had the right to be concerned about UEFI's "SecureBoot" feature, and this is a perfect justification for it. It seems that on select Samsung notebook models, merely booting into Linux via UEFI can brick it. We're not just talking about something that an OS re-install could fix, either - it literally seems to corrupt the UEFI, requiring the entire mainboard to be replaced. Wow. What makes this problem even more striking is that it's not new. One Ubuntu user last year bricked their Samsung 530U3C when trying to install the OS. Since then, more models have crept up as being problematic.... Read more...
When word hit the wire last fall that Microsoft's Windows 8 certification could prevent Linux from being installed to a PC, it caused ripples throughout the open-source community. While it's clear that Microsoft would love for its competition to cease to exist, this marked the first time in history where the company actually held the power to prevent its competition from appearing on the computers it certifies - a scary thought. The reason this could happen owes thanks to Microsoft's use of a "Secure Boot" protocol within the UEFI (the BIOS successor). In order for Windows 8 or any other Secure... Read more...
It's been a few years since Microsoft really shot itself in the foot by making itself look really unfriendly, and someone at the company must've been missing the pain. A careful read of the company's "Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements" document has revealed draconian policies that require vendors to block the installation of other operating systems on ARM devices. First, a bit of history. Earlier this fall, Microsoft briefly made waves when it announced that Windows 8 would require that UEFI (the successor to BIOS) Secure Boot be enabled on all systems that ship with Windows 8 installed.... Read more...