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    Smile Installing Linux On Extensible Firmware Interface Machines


    Is there any special distro / requirement for installing Linux on machines with Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)?

    The new machines do not use ordinary PC BIOS.

    Example: new Apple computers with Intel CPU.

    http://www.kernelthread.com/publications/firmware/

    http://developer.intel.com/technology/efi/links.htm

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    a read of those links shows up that you need a distro with the latest 2.6 kernel and elilo.

    but i am surprised that m$ are developing this with intel yet there is linux compatibility.

    EDIT: here we go: (from the intel site for EFI)

    # Linux* ELILO sources on SourceForge

    * http://sourceforge.net/projects/elilo/*
    * http://elilo.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/blosxom
    Source for new ELILO requires gcc3.x and binutils 2.11.90 or higher binaries already compiled Linux* kernel with EFI support for IA32 is now up on http://www.kernel.org/ in any of the Kernels starting from 2.6.1 or higher.
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