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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Revert "x86/reboot, efi: Use EFI reboot for Acer TravelMate X514-51T"
On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 6:46 PM Borislav Petkov <bp@alien8.de> wrote:
> How do you know *everyone* affected will update their BIOS?
>
> And what's the downside of keeping it?

It could indeed be kept without user-visible downside, and that would
be the normal case for quirks that work around BIOS bugs.

But I had two reasons for suggesting that Jian-Hong should send this
revert patch, which may be worth some consideration:

1. This was working around a BIOS bug truly separate from Linux to
the point where it was a little questionable for Linux to put a quirk
in place. The original bug was that after Linux completed executing
the reboot code, the machine would reboot, the BIOS would start
loading, and then crash well before loading the OS. Presumably
crashing on some state that Linux left that was not reset in the
machine's reboot stage. The vendor later found the issue (something
TPM-related) and fixed the BIOS to avoid the crash.
2. We normally receive these units before they go into mass
production, so there's a decent chance that production versions
already include this BIOS fix.

Based on that I was considering that the patch could be reverted for
cleanliness/ At the same time, I do not have strong feelings on this,
no issues if the quirk is left in place.

Daniel

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