Linked by Radio on Fri 1st Feb 2013 22:57 UTC
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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Its not a cure all. But it does make fixing broken things a hell of a lot easier. It also makes spotting errors before they have this affect a lot easier. Its a matter of practicality not morality.

In point of fact, it does not. How many open source projects are out there that actually concentrate on fixing bugs? Most of the time, the 80/20 rule plagues them, and they end up implementing more features rather than fixing anything. Debugging and optimizing are not fun and, since most people who work on open source software are unpaid, they do not usually want to do that which is not fun. Every open source project I can think of that does concentrate even somewhat on fixes (the Linux kernel, Firefox, Chromium) has commercial developers working on them and the fixes come from there. Contrary to popular belief, there's not an endless supply of talented programmers willing to fix bugs in other peoples' projects for free. Speaking of that, as the kernel's Samsung laptop driver has been identified as the problem, you already have your wish for this bug to be in an open source component. Again I ask you, what good did that do?

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