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Hardware, Embedded Systems The title is pretty much self-explanatory - oh UEFI. "You can read more of what is known at H-Online, but the short summary is this: Samsung's UEFI implementation appears to be faulty. It was most likely tested with Windows only and found to work, but thorough testing with other operating systems doesn't appear to have been a priority - or perhaps a consideration at all. At present, the bug appears to affect Samsung 530U3C, 300E5C, NP700Z5C, NP700Z7C, and NP900X4C series laptops; if you have one of those laptops, we recommend you exercise extreme caution if you have a need to boot into a Linux environment."
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RE[2]: Ah, UEFI
by ssokolow on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 09:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Ah, UEFI"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

The ELF format used by Linux didn't originate with Linux. It was developed as a standardized cross-platform binary format.

The Wikipedia page doesn't give a date, but given the age of the citations, It's been around since at least 1995.

Here's a reformatted copy of the Wikipedia article's list of platforms which use it:

UNIX/Unix-like:
- Linux
- FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD
- Solaris, HP-UX, IRIX
- Syllable
- QNX Neutrino
- MINIX

Non-UNIX:
- OpenVMS for Itanium
- BeOS r4+, Haiku
- AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, AROS

Game Consoles:
- Playstation 2, 3, and PSP
- Dreamcast
- Gamecube, Wii
- GP2X

Mobile Devices:
- Samsung Bada
- Symbian OS v9 (sort of. E32Image is based on ELF)
- Sony Ericsson W800i, W610, W300, etc.
- Siemens SGOLD and SGOLD2 platforms
- Motorola E398, SLVR L7, v360, v3i, etc.

Microcontrollers:
- Atmel AVR (8-bit)
- Texas Instruments MSP430

If that's not a de facto standard among everyone except Microsoft and Apple, then nothing qualifies.

As far as I can tell, Microsoft PE, Apple Mach-O, and the XCOFF format used in AIX are literally the only significant formats that haven't been deprecated in favor of ELF.

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