Op 30-9-2011 11:07, JPT schreef:

> How do you deal with UEFI PCs?
> Does Freedos work with UEFI?

Under pure UEFI, FreeDOS won't work. One reason is lack of backwards 
compatibility, another reason is UEFI might restrict you to 
vendor-signed cryptographic bootloaders.

My best guess would be to bring a USB flash drive with you and require 
the shop that's selling you the machine or motherboard, to demonstrate 
that the USB flash drive can boot.

As for floppy disks, I've got no idea where they are still sold (or even 
manufactured at all). USB floppy drives seem readily available but at 
horrible prices (40 euro and up).

Right now most UEFI implementations likely will have a backwards 
compatibility mode. Ofcourse this might disappear again in the near 
future, who knows what people are up to.

> ps. No, Freedos is not going to be my main OS, but I want be able to
> boot from a dos floppy in case of - well - "emergency".

Flexibility is nice indeed. Let's hope future UEFI systems allow 
disabling the 'only allow signed (Microsoft Windows 8) bootloaders to 
load from harddisk' so you can boot from other media as well (CD, USB, 
network, Thunderbolt) and allow other operating systems.

> pps. Linus torvalds says "I really think our EFI support is just
> fundamnetally broken."
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1058560/focus%3D1152467


is an interesting read about UEFI issues.

To answer your question: FreeDOS is most likely to work with currently 
bought machines.

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