domingo, 9 de septiembre de 2012

Our first UEFI challenge

Yesterday, Megatotoro and I helped a colleague who wanted to dual boot her recently bought desktop PC.  She wanted us to install Mageia 2  and we were confident because it is a process that we have done several times already.

However, when we hit the key to get into the BIOS... Surprise!  We were greeted by UEFI instead.

We thought the dual-boot enterprise was doomed.  We are not computer techies, to begin.  In addition, we had read all the problems that UEFI will give to people who want to try Linux, which was pretty discouraging.  Nevertheless, Megatotoro persisted and found the option to disable the secure boot.  Once this was done, the installation of Mageia 2 was easy.

I hope OEMs keep the option to disable secure boot.  

3 comentarios:

  1. Yes, as far as OEMs do keep an option to disable secure boot and users prefer Win7 or older, dual booting is not going to be troublesome.

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  2. lol but when Win8 comes next month users who want to dual boot will be screwed unless their distro buys a security key or something.. not sure how it works but sounds like a bummer to me.

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  3. Yes, Fenrir. However, the real problem will be if OEMs do not include the function to disable UEFI on non-ARM architectures. If they do, it will still be possible to dual-boot. ARM users will be doomed.

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