Reengineering the Windows boot experience - Building Windows 8

Ric Moore wayward4now at
Tue Sep 27 04:46:27 UTC 2011

On 09/27/2011 12:27 AM, Fred A. Miller wrote:
> This answers some questions about BIOS based boxen and 'Bloze 8.
> Fred
> Windows 8 will also enter the market in a time when the industry is
> shifting to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) for BIOS on
> all new client systems. We will continue to support the legacy BIOS
> interface, but machines using the UEFI interface will have significantly
> richer capabilities. For instance, UEFI systems can render rich
> graphical experiences in native resolution via the Graphic Output
> Protocol (GOP) driver. With UEFI, the OS can finally communicate with
> boot firmware in a standard way; this work is strongly supported by
> standards work in UEFI and the TCG (Trusted Computing Group). This
> enables such features as secure boot, where the OS and firmware
> cooperate in creating a secure handoff mechanism. It also enables a
> seamless visual experience from the time you hit the power button – one
> experience owned by two distinct components.

See? MicroSoft has again done what it has been so good at in the past, 
...steal ideas from Apple. I also imagine that for those "richer 
capabilities", some hardware vendors could find themselves left out in 
the cold. And since "Members of the UEFI forum include Apple, IBM and 
BIOS giant Phoenix Technologies as well as Microsoft. ®" then we can 
guess just what players will be left alive. Got shares in AMD or nVidia? 
I'd expect to see them embrace Linux as their last stronghold for 

What do you see, Liam?? You're in the thick of this industry news stuff. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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