UEFI is the successor of BIOS. At least, that all I understand of it... Dunno what 'secure boot' is. But there is disturbing news about UEFI. Samsung laptops can be bricked by Linux because of UEFI and Lonovo struggles with it too (Phoronix: Lenovo UEFI Only Wants To Boot Windows, RHEL). Gigabyte has troubles too (Phoronix: Gigabyte's ASPM Motherboard Fix: Use Windows).

My question is: can I safely buy a motherboard w/ UEFI in general? Officially one should be able to turn it off in favor of BIOS. Does every motherboard now-a-days have UEFI? For instance, I'm thinking of buying this MoBo, but I don't understand the BIOS specs (see below). Does it have UEFI and can it be turned off?

- 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports "Plug and Play"
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU Core, IGPU, DRAM, 1.8V PLL, VTT, VCCSA Voltage Multi-adjustment