Presented by:


Ian Santopietro (

from System76

Using Linux since 2006, I first got seriously into Ubuntu when I got hired as a support technician at System76 in 2010. Many Job title Adjustments later, I'm still there as a Desktop Engineer working on our new Pop_OS.

No video of the event yet, sorry!

UEFI carries with it a lot of negative connotations. While it's far from perfect, it's certainly not the overarching evil thing that a lot of us make it out to be. Here we'll discuss the facts and faction surrounding UEFI and the difference between it and other related technologies like Secure Boot, Coreboot, BIOS, and others.

After this we'll take a look at a direct comparison between booting a computer using both UEFI and the Legacy BIOS. And we'll have a look at some of the really neat things the UEFI Environment lets us do, such as playing games without an OS, updating system firmware without DOS, and even writing bootloaders in 300 lines of Python.

2017 October 6 - 16:30
50 min
Room 3178
Seattle GNU/Linux Conference 2017
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Happening at the same time:

  1. Detecting BadBIOS, Evil Maids, Bootkits, and Other Firmware Malware
  2. Start Time:
    2017 October 6 16:30

    Room 3180

  3. Hackers Gotta Eat
  4. Start Time:
    2017 October 6 16:30

    Room 3183

  5. Beyond iotop and iostat: A disk I/O deep dive using blktrace and debugfs
  6. Start Time:
    2017 October 6 16:30

    Room 3184

  7. Verbose mode: an exploration of programming languages and craft
  8. Start Time:
    2017 October 6 16:30

    Room 3179