x86 port of Android now supports UEFI, can dual-boot with Windows 8


You may already be familiar with UEFI, the new ‘BIOS’ features in almost any motherboard out there. It also happens to be used in virtually all Windows 8 tablets and AIOs for Microsoft’s Secure Boot.

UEFI & secure boot have long been a real pain for Linux developers since the secure mechanism required a special signature to load any non-Windows operating systems. A workaround was found later on but developers are still facing a dilemma. Progress has nevertheless being made and the latest fixes were incorporated in the latest x86 Kernel 3.8 while developers at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center have also already included Kernel 3.8 in their x86 port of Android.

The team releases a major upgrade dubbed Android-4.2.2_r1-ia0 based on Android 4.2.2 with Kernel 3.8. This build is a very early experimental build supporting UEFI & designed to demonstrate the dual-booting capability, it won’t work on our traditional BIOS, has several bugs but Intel offers an interactive installer for Windows users, that basically means that you won’t have to scratch your head with shell commands.

The build is described as laggy and Bluetooth doesn’t even work, it’s a still a work in progress but you can already grab the bits and try it out on your Windows 8-based system.

via Phoronix



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