What Intel Want ( Intel news ):
|Intel wants to remove BIOS support in motherboards by 2020 to enhance their security. The downside: the end of support for old components and non-UEFI compatible operating systems. ( Intel news )|
Intel wants ( Intel news ) to clean up the startup of computers:
the processor giant has unveiled a roadmap that aims to remove the BIOS support by 2020 to “strengthen the security” of machines. As reported on the site Phoronix . Quoting the presentation of an Intel official at the UEFI annual conference last October.
BIOS and UEFI, was is das? The BIOS or “Basic Input Output System” was a micro system built into each motherboard. That managed the devices and boot all computers until the advent of its replacement. The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). More functional, more ergonomic and more modern in its design. The UEFI has not yet completely replaced the BIOS. Why ? Because all the most exotic devices, cards, devices and other operating systems (some versions of UNIX, GNU / Linux) do not support this “super BIOS” yet.
Intel’s vision ( Intel news ):
According to Intel’s vision, removing the BIOS and its old technologies (from the 16-bit era!).
Would enhance the overall safety of the machine:
with the transition from UEFI to class 3+, which integrates a system of Secure boot. The disappearance of compatibility mode (legacy mode) would eliminate the risk of hacking the operating system since only a system digitally signed. Recognized hardware could be executed by the machine. To this would be added a simplification of the current UEFI. No need to create a package that mixes modern UEFI and support of old BIOS and a decrease in size, the disappearance of the DOS. which is an “old” system and the encouragement to use new technologies (hardware renewal, newer and secure communication protocols, etc.).
This view of progress is opposed by supporters of open and open source software. Who fear that the default activation of the UEFI Class 3+ secure mode will prevent users from installing the system they want. The founder of Linux, Linus Torvalds, does not hide his contempt for UEFI.
It therefore seems important that (h) ac (k) tivists and industry find common ground between maximum computer protection. And the preservation of our rights to fully dispose of our machines – especially for repair and hacking.