On Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 02:38:15PM -0500, Bill Nottingham wrote:
Supporting GPT is easy, as adding support for another partition type
relatively simple. Supporting EFI is somewhat more complicated, as you're
changing the entire BIOS interface.
Yeah, as I told the EFI folks at OLS three(?) years ago, it seems like an
awful lot of work to replace one poorly designed interface with another,
when better alternatives already existed. The amusing thing about
Intel is how reliably they've reproduced nearly every bad design idea,
misfeature, and strategic flop IBM in the preceding decades. Perhaps they
should institute Friday "folklore" sessions, where "old-timers" from
within/without Intel describe their colossal mistakes.
Anyhoo, history has taught us that in the end, the kernel has to (re-)configure
everything, because the mobo/BIOS vendors can only be counted on to
get it wrong. Installing Red Hat Linux on 440GX immediately jumps to