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Intel Seamless Updates could pave the way for firmware updates without a reboot

Intel is developing technology that could reduce down time for some computers, by allowing the UEFI/BIOS firmware to be updated without the need for a reboot. As spotted by Phoronix, the feature is called “Intel Seamless Update,” and it’s likely aimed at servers first. But the technology could eventually find its way to consumer hardware. […]

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Android on Intel now supports UEFI, can dual-boot with Windows 8

Developers at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center have been working on a version of Android optimized to run on Intel chips, and this week the team released a major update. Android-4.2.2_r1-ia0 is a preview release designed to run on the same types of desktop, notebook, or tablet PCs you’d normally run Windows on — and […]

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Linux Foundation solves UEFI Secure Boot problem – you’ll be able to install Linux on most Windows 8 PCs

The folks at the Linux Foundation have come up with a way to make sure that you’ll be able to install an open source operating system on most computers that ship with Windows 8. Up until now, it’s been pretty easy to install Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or other operating systems on store-bought Windows computers. But […]

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Don’t expect to see many dual-boot Android, Windows 8 tablets

While it’s nice to imagine what Windows 8 would look like on a tablet like the HP TouchPad, the truth is that you probably won’t be able to install Microsoft’s upcoming operating system on any existing tablets with ARM-based processors. Microsoft has no plans to sell an installable version of Windows on ARM directly to […]

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Windows 8 won’t prevent you from dual booting with Linux, but hardware vendors might

Before a computer boots Windows, OS X, Linux, or any other operating system it loads system-level firmware. For the past few decades most PCs have used something called BIOS to recognize your hardware and load the appropriate operating system. But there’s a new kid in town called UEFI, (which is what Macs have been using […]