Google Is One Of The Biggest Backers Of Coreboot
Last week I pointed out how Google is contributing a lot to Coreboot since they are enjoying this open-source BIOS/UEFI because they can ship it on Chrome OS devices for allowing very fast boot times, great customization possibilities, and good security with having full source access. In this article are some development statistics surrounding Coreboot to show the most prolific contributors, the pace of development, and other traits for this open-source project formerly known as LinuxBIOS.
When running GitStats on the Coreboot Git repository, there's data going back to 14 April 2003. For the past decade, there's been Git activity on 55% of the days. The Git repository is home now to 9,929 files with a total line count of 2,467,628 lines of code. In nearly ten years, there's been 7,398 commits (as of yesterday) from 253 contributors.
While Google really is enjoying Coreboot due to its fast boot speeds and other benefits, there isn't much consumer hardware using this open-source BIOS/UEFI system. AMD continues to back Coreboot and there's some server vendors like Tyan and Super Micro that are fond of Coreboot and support it to some extent, but there isn't much for consumer hardware.
The list of chipsets and devices known to work with Coreboot can be found on the Coreboot.org Wiki.
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