Linux on the new Macs?

Summary:eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on the new Intel powered Macs: For XP users, the problem is that Apple uses Intel's EFI (extensible firmware interface) rather than a BIOS.

eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on the new Intel powered Macs:

For XP users, the problem is that Apple uses Intel's EFI (extensible firmware interface) rather than a BIOS. Windows, generally speaking, can't run on top of EFI....As for Linux, though, Intel has already provided a native Linux bootloader for EFI: ELILO (EFI Linux Boot Loader). With this you can boot Linux, even Linux that isn't EFI aware, without much trouble.

In his headline, Vaughan-Nichols calls this Linux Macintel.  

Related: Dan Farber writes Running Windows on Intel Macs.

Topics: Software

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