December Meeting: Using UEFI on Modern x86 Systems

Date: Tuesday, December 16th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: UVU Business Resource Center

(or how UEFI isn’t a corporate plot to ruin Linux)

Just about any new x86 system comes with a UEFI Firmware instead of the traditional BIOS. To most people, this is just a black box that just gets the system to boot. Even to may Linux users, it is just something to ignore and run the UEFI in a mode that acts like BIOS. To others, UEFI is just a corporate plot to keep users from installing ‘unapproved’ operating systems. While some of this may be true, not all of it is and UEFI can be a powerful tool to use.

We’ll start off with reviewing how x86 systems boot and where BIOS fits in. Then we’ll talk about the shortfalls of BIOS and how UEFI fixes these. Then there will be some demonstrations of systems booting with UEFI (even with dual booting) and other cool things with UEFI. There will even be some discussion about SecureBoot and how it can be used to protect your systems from even running Windows.


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