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    MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    EFI, Extensible Firmware Interface, is intended to replace the old legacy BIOS firmware interface that we've all become accustomed to. Today, MSI announced plans to adopt EFI on its next generation of motherboards.
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    Re: MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    Meh. I'd prefer to see their work be put into LinuxBIOS over EFI.
    Can't see much chance of it though as I'd imagine a lot of the stuff on the board is under a NDA.
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    Re: MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    I think this is great, was reading about it just now on Trusted Reviews. As they say, MSI (and then all the rest who will surely follow) will have to ensure not to alienate the majority of customers who won't know better, and i reckon they'll have to have an old-fashioned BIOS there too, probably set as default, with perhaps some sort of physical switch so that people can deliverately choose EFI?
    Well that's what i'd do.

    @ Agent - Linux would be interesting, as ASUS i believe has already tried, but even Linux may be over the top for most purposes (well, perhaps not the kernel but certainly any distro i've seen). I think EFi appears to be the way to go.
    Edit: Just re-read what you wrote - saw you mentioned LinuxBIOS, sorry. Never heard of that before..time for some googling action...

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    Re: MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    Any bets on how long it takes to be used for homebrewed "Macs"?

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    Re: MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    EFI isn't new - it's what intel macs, and itanium kit, uses

    including BIOS compatibility isn't hard, that's how bootcamp on macs works - the bigger question is about MBR compatibility. does it finally mean a move to GPT partitions? what about keeping old OSes - will there be tools for syncing GPT and MBR partition tables (vista sp1 boots direct from GPT, i believe)

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    Re: MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach View Post
    Any bets on how long it takes to be used for homebrewed "Macs"?
    Considering its been 'hacked' to run on legacy BIOS's, I wouldn't be surprised if someone out there already has it running on a non-Mac hardware EFI board.
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    Re: MSI plans EFI BIOS based motherboards

    Wow, we're finally moving out of the dark ages.

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