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Coreboot Improvements Land For Lenovo Laptops

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Published on 13 January 2014 05:17 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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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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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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