The first project we are highlighting is the UEFI Boot Support. Please take a moment to read about the work going on in this area.
What is UEFI and why is the FreeBSD Foundation sponsoring this work?
Many desktops and servers sold today provide the option to choose between UEFI and legacy BIOS boot modes, but some support only UEFI. UEFI-only systems will become increasingly common in the future, so supporting UEFI boot is a requirement for FreeBSD to remain viable on contemporary hardware.
Why did we need a new boot firmware?
These issues have all been worked around with various add-ons, but often in a vendor-specific or inconsistent way. UEFI replaces the workarounds and layers of complexity with a consistent and powerful set of boot services.
What work is the Foundation sponsoring?
Ed and Foundation staff members Glen Barber and Konstantin Belousov will continue with work to build snapshot images, fix bugs, address hardware compatibility issues. We’re committed to finishing UEFI boot integration, documentation, and installer support, and appreciate the support of the FreeBSD community’s collaboration on some of these pieces. Initial UEFI support will appear in the FreeBSD 10.1 release, due later this year.
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