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It's Now Easier To Setup A Linux Payload For Coreboot

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Published on 31 August 2013 04:36 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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One of the unique benefits of the Coreboot open-source BIOS/firmware project is that it can support loading the Linux kernel directly after initializing the motherboard -- instead of using GRUB2/SeaBIOS, the Linux kernel can be included on the ROM chip. This isn't a new feature to Coreboot, but with a Git commit made today it's now easier to configure.

Support was added to Coreboot on Saturday that provides Kconfig options for Linux as a payload. Coreboot uses Kconfig (commonly known as the configuration system for the Linux kernel) as its method of configuring the open-source firmware's different options and support targets. The new Kconfig options that were added allow for users/developers to define the Linux kernel image, initrd, and any command-line parameters to be passed to the kernel.

The commit adding these kernel options to the Coreboot Kconfig system can be found via Gitweb. For those wanting to learn more about Coreboot's different payload options, see this Wiki page.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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