Coreboot Improvements Land For Lenovo Laptops
Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot on 13 January 2014 at 05:17 AM EST. 11 Comments
It's been an exciting past few weeks for the open-source Coreboot project. After 2013 was ended by the FSF endorsing its first (Coreboot-powered) laptop and Google landing a lot of Coreboot changes to benefit the increasingly popular Chromebooks, January already got off to a good start with AMD Gizmosphere support coming to mainline Coreboot and Allwinner A10 / Cubieboard support. The latest work in the Coreboot world are Lenovo laptop improvements.

While Lenovo doesn't officially pursue Coreboot support for their laptops, their older laptops often see support by interested open-source developers. The latest Lenovo commits that landed on Sunday for Coreboot include:

- Support for swapping the ctrl and fn keys, for at least the X201 and X230 laptops.

- Sticky Fn option key support is also now present.

- The WLAN configuration is now a CMOS option.

- Trackpoint is now a CMOS option.

- WWAN support (Wireless WAN) is now enabled by default for supported hardware.

The main Lenovo ThinkPad models with mainline Coreboot support where most of the development work happens is for the X60, X60ss, X201, T60, and T60p. Sadly, it's still tough to find proper, mainline Coreboot support that's in great shape for latest-generation hardware aside from the Google Chromebooks. Have you tried out Coreboot yet on any hardware? Share your Coreboot experiences in the forums.

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