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UEFI and Secure Boot and Mac's Version


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#1 paul88ks

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 08:40 PM

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this,but,with all the talk about UEFI and Secure Boot in Windows Computers,Is there and effort by Apple to do something similar with Mac Computers?


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

Apple uses their own boot loader, which only boots OS X, however they have an add on to that that also emulates a bios which then can boot a windows install. If I remember right.. apple's boot loader is pretty much an efi boot loader.. but I am not sure.. and cannot really find much on it right now, probably won't be able to find much info on it because it is apple. 


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:26 PM

Interesting that you would mention that,as I have a friend that says he can run Windows "natively" and not "virtually" on his Mac- I didn't think that was possible-??



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Posted 31 May 2015 - 07:45 AM

You can run Windows natively, of course. You need bootcamp (easier than the disk utility) to prepare the hard drive and install windows.

 

The Mac OS X has it's own EFI implementation. This based on Intel EFI Standard but with some modifications. 

 

https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Conceptual/KernelProgramming/booting/booting.html

 

http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/98315/what-does-boot-efi-actually-do



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Posted 31 May 2015 - 08:46 PM

That's fascinating,of course you know my next question is-Can you run Linux on a Mac?



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:53 PM

Yes! Here I found a good article describes how to install it http://www.howtogeek.com/187410/how-to-install-and-dual-boot-linux-on-a-mac/

 

But this step does not make sense. Why? Mac OS X root system is BSD-Unix with its kernel (with modification). At this base you have all what you need to use Linux commands as you would using on linux. So all the tools you need to work with linux are on Mac OS X as well. 

 

 



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 10:54 PM

I think I may have a Geek attack! I am semi-retired,with way too much time on my hands,If i can ever afford a Mac- I would triple-boot it and have the best of all three worlds. Mac-which costs a small fortune,Windows,which you have to run countless security programs on- and Linux,which is mostly FREE,and almost impervious to viruses.So many decisions,so little time!






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