Chapter 11 – Boot Device Selection

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I invented.

—R. Buckminster Fuller

UEFI has over time evolved a very basic paradigm for establishing a firmware policy engine. The concept was developed from the concept of a single boot manager whose sole purpose was exercising the policy established by some architecturally defined global NVRAM variables. As the firmware design evolved, and several distinct boot phases such as SEC, PEI, DXE, BDS, Runtime, and Afterlife were defined, the BDS (Boot Device Selection) phase became a distinct boot manager-like phase. In this chapter, the architectural components that steer the policy of the boot manager are reviewed. This content forms the architectural ...

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