Legacy BIOS Support Remains Important For Some On Fedora, May Shift Responsibility To SIG
That original Fedora mailing list discussion was very active as were the vibrant discussions within our forums and elsewhere over the prospects of Fedora later this year abandoning legacy BIOS boot support.
With there being many adamant for Fedora legacy BIOS support while the likes of Red Hat clearly looking to reduce their support burden and focus more on hardware released in the past decade. Rather than gutting out legacy BIOS support right away, it may lead to the creation of a new Fedora Special Interest Group (SIG) that would be tasked with maintaining and testing future Fedora releases with legacy BIOS compatibility.
Started last week was another Fedora thread over whether a video call should be scheduled to further debate the legacy BIOS deprecation proposal. As summed up in there, a Fedora SIG may make sense where those interested in the legacy BIOS support would be left to handle the bug reports on BugZilla pertaining to any regressions, regular testing of current and forthcoming Fedora releases for verifying legacy BIOS support, and working on related legacy BIOS packaging - especially if the BIOS boot GRUB support is shifted to a separate package(s).
If/when the SIG stops actively maintaining the legacy BIOS support, Fedora would then move to officially retire legacy BIOS support. Similar SIGs have been worked on in the past such as around x86 32-bit support albeit interest wanes over time and ultimately leads then to the retirement of said features.
Are you still relying on #Linux with legacy BIOS (non-UEFI) booting?— Phoronix (@phoronix) April 18, 2022
We'll see what happens with the Fedora legacy BIOS support discussion over the coming weeks and if such a SIG does form and most importantly how many of those vocal legacy BIOS users step up to help maintain it.