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I'm worried that it will provide another point of failure without providing reasonable advantages to make up for that. The options in today's BIOS don't really need point and click simplicity. The only thing that a regular user should be touching there 90% of the time is boot order. And maybe a small fraction of the time, enabling virtualization.
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post #12 of 166
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I bet it's got to do with familiarity with BIOS and complexity of UEFI. UEFI more or less adds an additional layer between the hardware and the software by having some sort of graphical representation rather than simple text input/output controls, and when changing something on the BIOS level,it seems like simplicity is better and more reliable, almost like when we were switching from mechanical distributors to electronic control in cars.

At least that's what I think people would be concerned about in going UEFI over BIOS. Of course, I'm probably just projecting.
..but BIOS is a mostly 20+ years of legacy code hacked together so it works. It is less reliable because changes are transparent and you always have to worry about breaking something.

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I'm worried that it will provide another point of failure without providing reasonable advantages to make up for that. The options in today's BIOS don't really need point and click simplicity. The only thing that a regular user should be touching there 90% of the time is boot order. And maybe a small fraction of the time, enabling virtualization.
BIOS isn't simple.... if you look behind the scene. Simple changes can break backwards compability to obsolete functions.
BIOS is also slooooooooooooooow.
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My sharp AL27 laptop from 4 years ago has this, already.


AMD laptop, of all things...
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..but BIOS is a mostly 20+ years of legacy code hacked together so it works. It is less reliable because changes are transparent and you always have to worry about breaking something.
So a patched in GUI ontop of hacked up legacy code will make it more stable?
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They've called this before... I put it in the Lucid Hydra category of equipment. Amazing on paper, but, when it comes to proliferation, it's gonna be a while...
    
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I'm really looking forward to the switch to EFI.

I am betting it'll be just like BIOS but with much more flexibility. Bios is old and dying, I say let it die and as long as EFI lets you overclock we should embrace it!
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So a patched in GUI ontop of hacked up legacy code will make it more stable?
1) BIOS is out of memory space.
2) Why?


From a programmer's perspective, do you want to maintain legacy code from 20 years ago to work on today's hardware or just rewrite the whole thing? GUI implementation is trival today.
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post #18 of 166
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I'm worried that it will provide another point of failure without providing reasonable advantages to make up for that. The options in today's BIOS don't really need point and click simplicity. The only thing that a regular user should be touching there 90% of the time is boot order. And maybe a small fraction of the time, enabling virtualization.
The BIOS as we use it is already a middle layer. Unless you enter your data directly into your CMOS chip using another kind of middle-layer... The "BIOS" interface will simply move from a 16-color keyboard and character-based interface to a mouse-and-keyboard pixel-based fully colored interface.
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Any good reason why?
Might not be a good reason but the UEFI seems too "noob", I prefer looking at a blue screen filled with text. That's what I love about technology, the time when everything becomes all GUI and images, I won't love IT as much.
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post #20 of 166
Didn't they say something like this 3 years ago lol ? BIOS still going strong.
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