[TriLUG] Linux and EFI
ianmeyer at mac.com
Fri Apr 7 16:19:48 EDT 2006
The main thing that Boot Camp does isn't enable the booting of
Windows, its assisting you in making a Windows driver disc to support
most of the hardware such as graphics and wireless. The support for
booting comes within the new Firmware upgrades for each Intel Mac
model, that add what we (me and some friends) suppose is the BIOS
toolkit for EFI. This allows EFI to present itself to the OS as BIOS,
thus the OS does not need to have EFI support, it doesn't even know
its running atop an EFI system.
As Warren pointed out, linux "in" Boot Camp has been done already,
however, even before that, within EFI (http://www.mactel-linux.org/
On Apr 7, 2006, at 3:24 PM, Rick DeNatale wrote:
> I note that Apple just announced that new versions of OS/X will
> include something called "boot camp" which will allow booting Windows
> on intel-macs which use the new Intel "Extensible Firmware Interface"
> instead of BIOS.
> This got me to wondering about booting Linux on these machines, and
> the state of EFI support for Linux. Grub is pretty much tied to the
> BIOS model, and I don't have any direct experience with lilo.
> EFI support seems to be a feature of Grub 2 which appears to be in an
> early stage of development, and there also seems to be an elilo, but
> the project web page seems to be broken.
> Any insights?
> Rick DeNatale
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