I'm still unclear on what benefits there are to UEFI booting instead of legacy. The only thing I recall is "quicker booting", but I didn't notice it with Win8. If there is a difference it's in the order of a second or two, on the single computer I tried it on. By now I have it disabled to have better compatibility in multibooting.
Benefits to WHOM?
- Benefits to Intel or Mocrosoft?
- Benefits to the three or four companies that provided BIOSes before?
- Benefits to OEM's and PC manufacturers?
- Benefits to Software houses that can sell upgrades?
- Benefits to the final user?
The answers from #1 to #4 are blowing in the wind .
The answer to #5 is NONE (or none that a final user can perceive, if not much nicer and more graphical "BIOS Setup screens") yet.
WHEN and IF the EFI/UEFI will be (hopefully):
1) simplified <- the documentation is over 2000 (two thousand) pages
2) become a "real" standard
3) the stupid "FAT32" UEFI booting limtiation removed
3) if not the three above at least a "common use" will be eventually reached, making UEFI tools portable between different hardware
4) the nonsensical BIOS=MBR EFI=GPT equations (actually connected more to the stupid Windows 8 than anything else) will be abandoned
5) programmers will want (or be able) to produce programs for the "environment"
EFI/UEFI has ALL the cards to become the third of fourth best things in life (after beer, sliced bread and ice cream ), as it will be an extremely useful "real mode" Operating System, and we may start to think UEFI + a Windows NT not completely unlike good ol' DOS + Windows 9x.
Edited by jaclaz, Yesterday, 11:57 AM.