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Old 09-26-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Which Linux distros have UEFI-aware installation media?


I'm amazed that the installation CDs and DVDs of most Linux distros still will not boot in a UEFI-only system. I'm wondering if people could post the names of distros that are known to have out-of-the-box UEFI-awareness.

Please post names of distros that fit into either of the categories below. I'll collect the names and include them in this first post. Thanks.

Distros that have ready-made UEFI-bootable installation CDs or DVDs as of mid-October 2012:

RHEL 5.9
Fedora 17 and later
OpenSUSE 12.2
Debian - (special builds at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/efi-development/ )
Bridge Linux
Arch Linux
Ubuntu 64-bit
Aptosid
Siduction

Distros that people have installed on UEFI-only machines, but which don't necessarily come with ready-made UEFI-aware installation media:

Slackware current
Linux Mint 13

Last edited by dhave; 10-16-2012 at 02:57 PM. Reason: updated list of UEFI-aware distros
 
Old 09-27-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Slackware might not have official install media but the kernel, partitioning tools and installer all support it. Directions on the wiki:

http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:sla..._uefi_hardware
 
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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Slackware might not have official install media but the kernel, partitioning tools and installer all support it. Directions on the wiki:

http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:sla..._uefi_hardware
Thanks, ruario. As a former slackware user, I think I'll give it a spin on my UEFI system. It is much easier if the installation CD will boot via UEFI, but, assuming the slackware instructions are clear (and they usually are), making a UEFI-bootable USB stick is a reasonable workaround.
 
Old 10-08-2012, 02:49 AM   #4
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UPDATE: Arch Linux install medium 2012.10.06 now provides better (complete?) support for setting up an installation that boots via uefi. I haven't tested this new install disk, but I will as soon as I can.
 
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assuming the slackware instructions are clear (and they usually are), making a UEFI-bootable USB stick is a reasonable workaround.
If they are not, tell me as I wrote that page.
 
Old 10-09-2012, 12:28 PM   #6
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Here's another UEFI-friendly distro: Bridge Linux, which claims to be the first Arch-based distro that supports UEFI out of the box.

Also, Ubuntu 64-bit is supposed to install UEFI without any intervention.

And another: Aptosid, a rolling-release distro derived from Debian.

And another: Siduction, another derivative of Debian. (Very good UEFI support, by the way.)

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