[Mageia-discuss] UEFI

Florian Hubold doktor5000 at arcor.de
Mon Apr 23 17:59:34 CEST 2012

Am 23.04.2012 14:33, schrieb Doug Laidlaw:
> On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:00:02 +0200
> mageia-discuss-request at mageia.org wrote:
>> According to wikipedia, linux has been able to boot EFI since the
>> year 2000. Mageia (and Mandriva before) supports GPT (the partition
>> tables used on UEFI disks) on MBR disks, since I've been using that
>> for well over a year. More info at http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFI
>> Grub supports GPT since version 1.97 patched for GPT (which 
>> Mageia/Mandriva used), and on versions 2.x and up.
>> Lilo may not work with EFI, but there is Elilo. 
>> http://elilo.sourceforge.net/
>> (The last release in 2007)
>> The 2,2TB limit is for MBR disks.  EFI and Linux support much higher
>> limits.
>> Initially there were some problems with diskdrake, but I think that
>> they have been solved.  (The workaround for formatting partitions on
>> disks with GPT partition tables was using gparted.)
>> Regards
> One minor distro I tried recently uses GPT by default, but it seems to
> have its own limitations, e.g. won't run on a USB key.  From what I
> read, MS were going to have a bootloader that locked everything else
> out.
> I decided to look at Macintosh a few days ago, and found that it won't
> run on an AMD processor.
Yes, because there's no Mac with an AMD processor.

>   Then there was Windows Service Pack 3 which
> caused problems except for Intels.  My supplier said to ignore SP3
> anyway.
Seems your supplier spreads some FUD there. What problems
did it cause? Maybe you were just missing an AHCI driver?

>   There seem to be a lot of schemes to lock you into hardware,
> and they aren't all Windows.
> Doug. 

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