Fedora 37 Looks To Deprecate Legacy BIOS Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 5 April 2022 at 01:29 PM EDT. 131 Comments
For the Fedora 37 release later this year the developers are looking at deprecating legacy BIOS support and making UEFI a requirement for x86_64 systems.

A change proposal was published today for deprecating legacy BIOS support with Fedora 37. This deprecation will not remove the legacy BIOS support for F37 but will not support non-UEFI installations for new Fedora x86_64 installs. Eventually though the plan is to work towards removing the legacy BIOS support entirely. Those running Fedora on a legacy BIOS system right now will continue to be able to upgrade to F37 packages without a fresh install just fine.

With Fedora having phased out 32-bit x86 OS installations already and placing system requirements around that of at least 2006 era hardware, this change shouldn't impact too many users besides those that just have UEFI support disabled on their otherwise supported hardware.

It's time for modern Linux distributions to bid farewell to legacy BIOS support.

UEFI is already a requirement for those with Secure Boot or system capsule firmware updates via FWUPD. This change proposal is well past due and will hopefully sail through FESCo approval while seeing legacy BIOS support stripped out entirely in a release shortly after F37.

More details on the Fedora proposal for deprecating legacy BIOS support via this Fedora Wiki page.
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