[UPDATE: The debug version on an updated BIOS is now available from Foxconn. Details here.]
The other day I blogged about how the Foxconn G33M-S motherboard didn't play nicely with Linux because it broke ACPI support. Well, as it turns out the problem isn't a Foxconn one but it's down to American Megatrends (AMI) having shipped a defective BIOS. Also, as it turns out, other boards are also affected.
Here's the current state of play:
- The issue has been reported to Ubuntu.
- The buggy BIOS also allegedly affects the following motherboards: - MSI P965 Platinum - Asus P5K-E - Asus P5E WS - Asus P5E WS PRO
- Foxconn say that an update will be released for the motherboard in the next few days.
- No ETA for a fix from other vendors.
- Nothing here points to any kind of conspiracy theory to lock Linux out of the game. The issue seems to be a bug, and this was made much worse than it needed to thanks to a poor tech support representative working for Foxconn. If tech support had logged the fault rather than argue that the board was Vista only, none of this would have been a problem as it would have been just another bug.
Thanks to Ryan for keeping me updated.