Sunday, January 29, 2012

Looking to the Future

It's a Sunday and I'm back at work. I was thinking about watching some cricket today but yesterday I realised something.

Something's got to change. Something big...

A bunch of standards are changing. Mac has already made the transition. In the consumer market though, very few manufacturers have started. Asus have... for a couple of models. In fact, I now have one of those models here for the Manaiakalani project.

So these standards. BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is being replaced by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). As part of this, the way information is split up on a hard drive is also changing. Rather than the classic MBR (Master Boot Record), GPT (Guid Partion Table) is being used. This gets over the 2 terrabyte limit that MBR has.

What doe this mean to me? The image, as it is, isn't suitable for more modern machines. Time for trial by fire - Try to recreate the Manaiakalani image on one of these more modern machines. Ahh well.. I'm not really into cricket anyway.

Of course, with a few changes applied. It must support UEFI booting. The partition table needs to be set to the new standard. Luckily, Linux has supported UEFI since 2000. This doesn't really mean an awful lot. It means it's possible. It doesn't mean Ubuntu has been on the ball and supported it well. So I've got a bit of work to do to test it. Luckily - it's a long weekend for us in Auckland (Auckland anniversary day. When someone asked what that is, everyone in the room responded "It's just a day off". Here's a holiday that could comfortably be moved to that horribly dry period between Queen's Birthday and  Labour Day). The best bit though - at some stage the new standards will be a hell of a lot more widespread. And I'll be prepared.

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