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    Default Coreboot Tacks On Support For Another HP Notebook

    Phoronix: Coreboot Tacks On Support For Another HP Notebook

    Coreboot developers have added in mainline support for another HP Pavilion notebook...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY0NjU

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    Interesting, this is powerful 2012 hardware there. Having recently bought an HP laptop (although Intel-based), I have to say that having Coreboot instead of its UEFI would be really great (the UEFI that comes with it requires some rather nasty workarounds to boot anything else than the bootmgfw.efi file).

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    Fix UEFI.

    Coreboot will not replace UEFI, and if Linux is serious about having a broad footprint in laptops they really need to fix it.

    With press releases like the following: http://www.uefi.org/UEFI_Forum_Press...c_Oct_28_FINAL

    having UEFI unite with ACPI, combined with most modern Intel motherboards moving to UEFI from all 3rd party manufacturers, it seems rather pivotal that FreeBSD, Linux get on board with proper UEFI support.

    March 2014 Linux Journal discusses UEFI Secureboot and the importance of it's growing expansion.

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...-linux-journal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Driftmeyer View Post
    Fix UEFI.

    Coreboot will not replace UEFI, and if Linux is serious about having a broad footprint in laptops they really need to fix it.

    With press releases like the following: http://www.uefi.org/UEFI_Forum_Press...c_Oct_28_FINAL

    having UEFI unite with ACPI, combined with most modern Intel motherboards moving to UEFI from all 3rd party manufacturers, it seems rather pivotal that FreeBSD, Linux get on board with proper UEFI support.

    March 2014 Linux Journal discusses UEFI Secureboot and the importance of it's growing expansion.

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...-linux-journal
    For the most part a modern distro (read: Fedora / Arch) should have fairly good UEFI compatibility. Even Fedora should be working well on SecureBoot systems if you try Fedora 18+. Most UEFI problems I've heard of involve very poorly done Firmware implementations. Such as the Firmware only booting "Mfctfirmware.efi" --> "Manufacture Firmware.efi" which is the OEM-installed OS and just completely ignoring the idea that you might install another OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Driftmeyer View Post
    Fix UEFI.

    Coreboot will not replace UEFI, and if Linux is serious about having a broad footprint in laptops they really need to fix it.

    With press releases like the following: http://www.uefi.org/UEFI_Forum_Press...c_Oct_28_FINAL

    having UEFI unite with ACPI, combined with most modern Intel motherboards moving to UEFI from all 3rd party manufacturers, it seems rather pivotal that FreeBSD, Linux get on board with proper UEFI support.

    March 2014 Linux Journal discusses UEFI Secureboot and the importance of it's growing expansion.

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...-linux-journal
    As Ericg noted, the issue is broken UEFI that comes with the devices/motherboards. Ideally it would be fixed, but manufacturers don't give a goose about UEFI problems and keep doing things like hardcoding paths (thus totally ignoring the UEFI spec itself). If manufacturers don't fix it, then the only way to fix it is to fix it ourselves which is exactly what Coreboot does. If you need UEFI features, then you just have Coreboot use TianoCore UEFI as the payload: http://www.coreboot.org/TianoCore (TianoCore is the reference implementation by Intel themselves, so it's guaranteed to not be broken).

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    That's great news, manufacturers couldn't write a decent BIOS even if their lives depended on it.

    Is there some place we can suggest models to get Coreboot support? I have a Dell Inspiron 1564 here and Dell decided to trash the BIOS on this poor thing.
    2nd hdd over 120GB crashes the POST, Quad core support has been compiled out, etc.. The same is true for the 1464, 1764, N4010, N7010 which share large parts of their BIOSes or are identical.
    I'd do the work myself but something like Coreboot is waaay above my skill level. I can just about edit an option rom and flash stuff with a wincris disk

    ~Aeny

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    Who ever does the coreboot port needed access to the hardware so the best way to get some one to do it, is to donate the hardware to them, and possibly pay them for the work to. Besides that the EC chip also needs to have public documentation witch is unfortunately rarely the case and it's the main reason for the few laptop's that are supported

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