Well, actually, it appears you *can* dual-boot into a machine running UEFI

asus maximus vi hero

The mainboard for the Asus Maximus VI Hero. It takes a maximum of 32 GB of RAM, which I maxed out. It even comes with its own “Do Not Disturb” sign which you can hang on your doorknob.

I initially purchased the Maximus Hero because it was priced at a bargain on a Black Friday sale. I heard of UEFI, of Microsoft’s meddling with the specs, and grumblings about how this “security feature”, like many of the “features” Microsoft had the reputation of having anything to do with, was calculated to “securely” lock out any other operating system from using the motherboard. Permanently. It would appear to have brought to bear all of the darkest aspects of consumer lock-in and anti-competitiveness that I could imagine.

Well, I was wrong, and it has been widely known for some time in several websites that the UEFI hurdle has been overcome. It is just that I came upon this on my own while fidgeting with the ASUS UEFI interface, which is where the computer sent me when it couldn’t detect my main hard drive (faulty SATA connector).

Right now, I am running Linux on a machine that has Windows 7 already on it. I am told that UEFI (which stands for “Unified Extensible Firmware Interface”) was conceived to prevent dual-booting, but apparently I have been able to accomplish this feat on my machine.  The motherboard I have is an ASUS Maximus VI Hero, with an extensive UEFI interface. I can see why the BIOS is considered obsolete. The configuration system nearly merits another operating system, being quite detailed and extensive.

Of all the tricked-out features this motherboard comes with, the most important thing for me at the time, was to set up the Secure Boot feature in a way that my machine would not just become a receptacle for GatesWare. Setting Secure Boot to “Other OS” seemed to fit that need, allowing Linux and Windows 7 to play together, and so here I am writing this blog article on Ubuntu 13.10’s copy of Firefox.