Given Hans proposal [1] introduced systemd/grub2/Gnome upstream changes it beg the question if now would not be the time to stop supporting booting in legacy bios mode and move to uefi only supported boot which has been available on any common intel based x86 platform since atleast 2005.

Now in 2017 Intel's technical marketing engineer Brian Richardson revealed in a presentation that the company will require UEFI Class 3 and above as in it would remove legacy BIOS support from its client and datacenter platforms by 2020 and one might expect AMD to follow Intel in this regard.

So Intel platforms produced this year presumably will be unable to run 32-bit operating systems, unable to use related software (at least natively), and unable to use older hardware, such as RAID HBAs (and therefore older hard drives that are connected to those HBAs), network cards, and even graphics cards that lack UEFI-compatible vBIOS (launched before 2012 – 2013) etc.

This post is just to gather feed back why Fedora should still continue to support legacy BIOS boot as opposed to stop supporting it and potentially drop grub2 and use sd-boot instead.

Share your thoughts and comments on how such move might affect you so feedback can be collected for the future on why such a change might be bad, how it might affect the distribution and scope of such change can be determined for potential system wide proposal.


             Jóhann B.

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