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Old 01-28-2010, 02:55 AM   #1
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EFI vs BIOS


I have been wondering about this whole efi stuff so I started reading recently about it. From some of the camps it does nothing to improve on bios other then give you some splash-top systems that can browse the internet without a operating system. I have seen a lot of talk about how EFI can load drivers faster but I am really just wondering if that is a bunch of glassy eye microsofters with macs that are "ill informed". They try and claim that it gives you a 10-20 second improvement... Well my netbook with a single core processor using bios loads my linux system in 4 to 5 seconds so I can only chaulk that up to a cart load of BS.

Some things worry me esp about having drivers built into the hardware, and the fear of forced DRM built into the bios system. I dunno about anyone else here but I despise anything DRM or DMCA since they both are the retard stepchildren of the media industry that commits IP theft more then any of the people they claim are committing that crime.

The only concrete thing that I can see that EFI improves upon is having the ability to have partitions over 2 terabytes and having more then 4 as primary partitions. All of which are really transparent to the normal user other then the 2tb thing that I can see becoming a problem in the future as drive space gets bigger and bigger.

I really do not mean this to be a rant and would welcome any other imput either to dismiss anything above or to simply say that I am wrong.
 
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