The FreeBSD team is adding UEFi support to their operating system, in order to enable the user to install FreeBSD on laptops bought with Windows 8 pre-installed.
For those who do not know, UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a BIOS replacement, implemented by Microsoft for Windows 8, using cryptograhic keys for authenticating the kernel loaded.
The project has just been started, we don’t know yet any deadlines for its arrival yet. There are many GNU/Linux systems that have already bypassed UEFI , so it would be easier for the FreeBSD team to use the Linux shim loader and ask Microsoft to sign their version only.
While FreeBSD is not popular among the desktop users, it is a very powerful Unix system for servers.