Linux 3.16 Handles 64-bit ARM EFI Stub Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 6 June 2014 at 12:24 AM EDT. 1 Comment
The latest addition to the Linux 3.16 kernel is EFI stub support for 64-bit ARM (AArch64) hardware.

The "ARM64" pull request pertaining to EFI was sent on Thursday. This newest 64-bit ARM EFI patch-set enables EFI stub support similar to the x86 EFI stub support. The Linux EFI stub kernel support on (U)EFI systems to let the firmware function as the bootloader and to boot directly into the kernel without having to deal with a separate bootloader such as GRUB2 or Gummiboot.

More information on the 64-bit ARM EFI pull request targeting the Linux 3.16 kernel can be found via this pull request.
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