The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum, a non-profit industry standards body of leading technology companies that promotes firmware innovation by creating specifications that enable the continual evolution of platform technologies, is gaining momentum as use of UEFI specifications increases in Linux-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu 12.10, Fedora 18 and OpenSUSE 12.3.
UEFI specifications enable cross-functionality between devices, software and systems. By design, UEFI technology lends itself to utility and applicability across a range of platforms. Including UEFI Secure Boot in Linux-based distributions allows users to boot alternate operating systems without disabling UEFI Secure Boot.
It also allows users to run the software they choose in the most secure and efficient way possible, promoting interoperability and technical innovation.
UEFI specifications are designed to enhance security and standardization while allowing a speedier boot time. Companies responsible for delivering backup and disaster recovery for servers, desktops, laptops and virtual machines rely on robust UEFI technology to ensure crucial data remains protected under all circumstances.
In the event of a system outage, use of UEFI technology reduces downtime.
“The increasing use of UEFI technology in Linux and proprietary systems is a testament to its ability to deliver next-generation technologies for nearly any platform,” said Mark Doran, president, UEFI Forum. “It’s exciting to watch UEFI enable the evolution of firmware technology in a variety of sectors as it continues to gain momentum.”