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    Phoronix: Linux 3.16 Handles 64-bit ARM EFI Stub Support

    The latest addition to the Linux 3.16 kernel is EFI stub support for 64-bit ARM (AArch64) hardware...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTcxMTg

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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    The latest addition to the Linux 3.16 kernel is EFI stub support for 64-bit ARM (AArch64) hardware...
    In theory, that should be very good progress for AArch64 support (given all the announcement of future SoCs, like AMD's future low-power server CPUs, or the 48-core SoC mentioned the other day).

    In practice, I'm not so sure. To me, it seems as the only ARM implementation using UEFI as a firmware are Microsoft tablet, who any way use secureboot, and unlike their x86 bigger siblings, are *required* by the Windows RT license to be locked, so not much use for Linux (i.e.: only x86 can boot Linux using UEFI firmware. ARM hardware is explicitely forbiden too). And most Linux firendly ARM hardware use a much more simplistic firmware (a bare minimalist firmware which launches uBoot which in turn boots the kernel).

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