Freitag, 24. Mai 2013

Integrating UEFI into Relax-and-Recover

by Schlomo Schapiro (ImmobilienScout24), Gratien D'haese (IT3 Consultants)

Friday, 24.05.2013, New York I, 16:00-16:45 Uhr

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware. UEFI is meant as a replacement for the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware interface which is commonly used on most PC hardware. However, with the newest motherboards UEFI became the standard way of booting (under pressure of Windows8?). Relax-and-Recover (Rear) is an easy to use Linux bare metal disaster recovery solution available for all kind of Linux distributions. Rear is written in the bash language and is widely used these days. This talk will explain what UEFI is all about, how it works internally, how it can be configured and used. We will briefly discuss what Rear is, and the current status of the project. Furthermore, for the Rear developers among us we will explain how we integrated UEFI into Rear to recover a system relying on UEFI for booting up.


About the author Schlomo Schapiro:

Schlomo Schapiro works as a Systems Architect and Open Source Evangelist at ImmobilienScout24, the leading German real estate market place. Core areas of interest are open source solutions and web operations.

The ImmobilienScout24 web platform is based on Linux, Apache, Tomcat and open standards. We are currently creating a new deployment and management solution for our data center based on RPM packages. The solution is written in Python and Bash and published at

Schlomo maintains several successful open source projects and is a regular speaker at various conferences. Schlomo is a strong DevOps and web operations advocate and writes regularly for German IT magazines and his BLOG ( See the homepage on or the profile on for more information.

About the author Gratien D'haese:

Gratien D'haese is a Belgian independent IT Consultant who is already 25 years
active in the Unix world (and with Linux since its invention in 1991). He has a broad experience with Unix in general, security, networking, big system administration tasks, clustering, troubleshooting and IT consultancy.

Gratien delivers talks around various topics since the days of the Belgian Unix Users Group and other organizations promoting the Open Source movement. He is co-founder and main designer of Relax and Recover with Schlomo Schapiro. This project started in 2006 and the software package is part of Fedora and EPEL. He is also project leader of the Open Source project "Make CD-ROM Recovery (mkcdrec)" which is the forerunner of rear. He serves to the Fedora community as an ambassador.