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How To Install Linux into VMware Virtual Machine STEP 38 of 106

Locate the "Advanced" features on the left side of the "Virtual Machine Settings" dialog. It is perfectly possible to install Devuan Linux into an old school BIOS type PC machine however times have moved onwards. Microsoft has devised a demonic boot feature for modern computers called UEFI: UEFI stands for "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface." The UEFI Specification defines a new model for the interface between personal-computer operating systems and platform firmware. The interface consists of data tables that contain platform-related information, plus boot and runtime service calls that are available to the operating system and its loader. Together, these provide a standard environment for booting an operating system and running pre-boot applications. That comes directy from the website. To be more fair it is a nightmarishly complicated technology that replaces the very old BIOS world where it was trivial to install nearly anything you wanted on your computer. The new UEFI makes that process very difficult and often full of hair loss. There is even a feature called secure boot wherein you must have security keys within your system firmware in order to boot and run. Do not be concerned as Microsoft is working hard to ensure that your life will be a living hell if you try to run anything other than Windows. Feel free to read the description from VMware : UEFI Secure Boot is a security standard that helps ensure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer. For certain virtual machine hardware versions and operating systems, you can enable secure boot just as you can for a physical machine. The virtual machine's default configuration includes several code signing certificates. - A Microsoft certificate that is used only for booting Windows. - A Microsoft certificate that is used for third-party code that is signed by Microsoft, such as Linux bootloaders. - A VMware certificate that is used only for booting ESXi inside a virtual machine. Suffice it to say that the largest corporations in the world are working hard to make life miserable if you try to walk away from them. However linux works great and yes you can use UEFI in the modern world. So shall we. The situation is a mess but workable. Lets plow forwards. ------------- Further Reading ---------------- For further reading please take a weekend and read a detailed article written in 2014 by Adam Williamson. I saved a copy from the magnificent and wonderful Internet Archive.
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