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January 11th, 2013
January 11th, 2013
January 11th, 2013
January 11th, 2013
January 11th, 2013

[User Picture]12:48 pm - UEFI Linux w/ SSDs

This is partially some notes, and partially a guide to setting up a fully UEFI (though not Secure Boot enabled) Linux laptop, optimized for use with any and all SSD's including the most recently known details (as of January 2013) on how to get the best performance and endurance from consumer-grade SSD's, including minimizing I/O latency and allowing as many features of Linux as possible to work.

Note, however, that I am making one specific trade-off: I'm optimizing for a machine with 8+GB of memory, and an SSD under 100GB when we're done, so I'm not even attempting to add swap space or enable disk hibernation as a result.

This work was done to configure a Dell Latitude E6430 w/ 16GB of RAM, and a Samsung 840 Pro 120GB SSD. I must give Dell EXTREMELY high marks for their UEFI BIOS, BTW. It's the best I've seen for dealing with advanced setup and configuration and made this a breeze compared to my ThinkPad W530's BIOS.


Overview

There are several items of note regarding SSD's that drive the choices made later on:

Regarding UEFI, I'm opting for an EXTREMELY minimal approach:

Finally, one item regarding x86/x86_64 platforms where UEFI are most commonly encountered by those installing Linux:

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