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    Phoronix: AMD To Support Coreboot On All Future CPUs

    Here's one non-UDS announcement hitting the web right now that's also very significant for open-source and Linux: Advanced Micro Devices has announced today they will support Coreboot on all future processors...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTQyMQ

  • #2
    Yay! No more boring featureless BIOSes!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Yfrwlf View Post
      Yay! No more boring featureless BIOSes!
      yay instantboot into linux

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      • #4
        can someone outline potential benefits to this????

        i've read the wiki and the coreboot page and fail to see any benefits as a "typical" user

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        • #5
          While great in general, I still doubt there will be support for consumer boards. Would love to be wrong on this.

          @89c51

          Much faster boot, as said above

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          • #6
            Also in terms of consumers how is this better than uefi? After all is coreboot still a BIOS with all the inherent limitations like long hardware initialisation times and antiquated hardware support?

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            • #7
              So in the not-so-distant future I might have a truly open system on my computer.
              Thanks AMD, I'll be sticking with your products!

              Saying this with hopes to have this support for consumer parts as well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by _txf_ View Post
                Also in terms of consumers how is this better than uefi? After all is coreboot still a BIOS with all the inherent limitations like long hardware initialisation times and antiquated hardware support?
                EFI is in practise nothing more than a layer on top of the BIOS. Even Apple still uses a BIOS with some soft of EFI hooks. Ask MacOSx86 project if you don't believe me.

                The problem with this BIOS crap is not that it is a BIOS but that it is encrypted (DRM) and it takes hella long before a modern mainboard even reaches the post screen >.<

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by _txf_ View Post
                  Also in terms of consumers how is this better than uefi? After all is coreboot still a BIOS with all the inherent limitations like long hardware initialisation times and antiquated hardware support?
                  It's not a BIOS, and it only probes the minimum necessary needed to run linux. There's an old video of a three second boot from power to X using coreboot.

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                  • #10
                    Coreboot is really interesting, maybe they should tell the board vendors not to solder the bios chip directly for better recovery. If somebody has a spare fusion board let me know...

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