Following the guest post this past weekend about Purism's Librem laptop remaining "blobbed up", the crowd-funded company has put out new information.
Libreboot, the downstream of Coreboot that strips out all binary blobs / microcode / firmware, has added experimental support for a new ThinkPad laptop.
A Google engineer has added support in Coreboot for Glados, a forthcoming Chromebook that will feature a next-generation Skylake SoC.
Skylake is around the corner and now after an Intel engineer added Skylake SoC support to Coreboot, that work has been extended by adding support for the first Skylake motherboards in Coreboot.
Google engineers have added support for the Tegra X1 "T210" SoC to Coreboot. Additionally, they've added support for the "Smaug" Chromebook to Coreboot that uses this latest-generation NVIDIA Tegra 64-bit SoC.
The latest "Veyron" motherboard being added to the open-source Coreboot codebase is Shark.
The Libreboot "fork" of Coreboot now has support for its first AMD motherboard -- or more broadly, its first desktop motherboard.
Support for Auron has been added in Coreboot Git. Auron is the Google Broadwell Reference Motherboard, which in turn is based on Google's Peppy.
It's now easier to build Coreboot with the LLVM Clang compiler rather than GCC.
Support for two in-development Rockchip motherboard designs have been added to Coreboot for possible use in Chrome OS devices.
A new, low-cost Gigabyte motherboard that supports Intel's Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors is now supported by upstream Coreboot.
As a quick update to the initial Veyron motherboards being added to Coreboot, Google has now added more Veyron boards to mainline Coreboot.
There's some new Google motherboards added to upstream Coreboot.
For those searching for a low-cost system/motherboard for experimenting with Coreboot, there's another new AMD motherboard that now works with Coreboot's upstream Git code. The board costs only about $30 USD and works with all modern AMD AM1 processors.
While yesterday I was talking about many Intel Broadwell improvements landing in Coreboot, the new Git activity today for Coreboot is about 64-bit ARM.
While Google Chromebooks up to this point have tended to be ARM-based along with some using low-power Atom x86 SoCs, it appears Imagination Technologies is working towards some MIPS design wins for these Internet-focused devices. Imagination has been working on MIPS improvements within Coreboot as a ChromeOS partner.
While you probably don't have a Siemens motherboard underneath your desk, the company has committed support for another one of their motherboards to Coreboot.
While recently modern Intel hardware is negatively talked about the most when it comes to needing binary blobs / binary-only microcode to work with the open-source Coreboot, other hardware can be problematic too.
A Coreboot developer has confirmed fears over Purism Librem laptops not really being free nor really bringing much to the table compared to other Linux laptop vendors.
While Coreboot support for systems with newer Intel CPUs is tough, Coreboot gained yesterday support for some new AMD CPUs.
While Coreboot has been ported to a number of older ThinkPads and other outdated Intel motherboards and laptops, you don't see many modern Intel systems supporting Coreboot. The reason for the lack of Coreboot support is due to a "feature" introduced with Haswell.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T430s is now the latest laptop to be running atop Coreboot as an alternative to its proprietary UEFI/BIOS.
The Coreboot project has now ported over the XGI Z9s frame-buffer support from the Linux kernel.
The latest motherboard being supported by Coreboot for replacing the board's proprietary BIOS is the ASUS KFSN4-DRE.
Coreboot now has support for the "Tegra132" 64-bit Denver NVIDIA Tegra SoC as well as a new Google Chromebook that's codenamed "Rush" and using this NVIDIA ARMv8 platform.
Coreboot is off to a great start of 2015 as already this year behind a new ThinkPad port and more Intel Broadwell work, there's now a port for a new HP board.
It looks like the launch of some Intel Broadwell low-power Chromebooks could be coming very soon.
While Coreboot is most commonly used by Google Chromebooks, an increasing number of Lenovo ThinkPad laptops are becoming compatible with Coreboot for initializing and booting the system with open-source software.
For months now there's been Coreboot developers working on Intel Broadwell support (primarily from Google and focused on future Chromebook support). With the start of the new year and hopefully seeing more Broadwell hardware on the market soon, that support is coming along in Coreboot.
Coreboot has now been ported to UC Berkeley's RISC-V architecture and can at least work in an emulated environment.
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