There is an incredible amount of FUD being spread around the internet that you shouldn’t buy UEFI systems or UEFI with SecureBoot systems. I figured I would take a minute to perhaps fix some of the nonsense that is being spread.
UEFI has been around for quite a while, and is intended as a replacement for the traditional BIOS. It’s actually based on EFI, which has been around for a very long time now, and was supported in Linux before it was even supported in Windows.
Many people believe that Linux isn’t supported on UEFI systems, when it is. Most of the distributions I have tried have worked flawlessly, with UEFI *enabled*. If UEFI doesn’t play well, then you can simply disable it. There is absolutely no reason, why someone wanting to run Linux should avoid buying UEFI hardware, yet people are constantly suggesting that it is a bad idea. It is completely fine.
The only issue that you *may* run into is running Linux on a UEFI enabled system that utilizes SecureBoot, which is found on machines that are sold with Windows 8 preinstalled. In this instance, you should be able to disable SecureBoot.
As for why you should buy a UEFI system, well, it’s a lot more modern, supports more features, faster boot times, larger hard disks, just to name a few things.