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Coreboot Finally Takes The Interest Of OEMs

Coreboot

Published on 02 June 2011 10:42 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot
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Coreboot, the open-source (GPL-licensed) project to create an open-source BIOS replacement for motherboards is likely to see its first major deployment in late Q3 or early Q4 of this year.

The Coreboot project was previously called LinuxBIOS and development of it began more than a decade ago. In that time, there's been great progress, but it's still rare to actually see Coreboot in the wild. AMD has pledged to support Coreboot on all future CPUs, a pledge they made just last month, but for years now they've been contributing engineering resources and documentation on their processors and chipsets to make this work possible. Some of their past drops have included Coreboot support for Fusion, RS780/SB700 documentation, and other chipset specifications.

Beyond AMD's support, various motherboard vendors have contributed in some manner, such as Tyan and Gigabyte. There's also other big names associated with Coreboot, such as Google and the CME Group, but still it's not too common yet to find Linux users ridding their systems of a proprietary BIOS.

For those interested in this major open-source BIOS project, there is a list of supported motherboards. The good news though is that at least one major OEM is preparing to ship Coreboot on select products beginning late in Q3 (September) or in Q4 (October through December) of this calendar year. This is information I have received from a reliable source that's at Computex Taipei this week. Details about the planned Coreboot deployment are still being worked out.

More information on this interesting project can be found at Coreboot.org. Beyond being 100% open-source and free, Coreboot prides itself upon its boot speeds and its vast support of different motherboards/chipsets and payloads.

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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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