Open-Source Firmware For The MSI Alder Lake Motherboard Taking Shape
This is a very promising effort since many of the open-source firmware ports for modern motherboards tend to just be for Google Chromebooks, various software development vehicles / reference platforms not generally available, or more niche platforms like Raptor's POWER9 offerings. And then the open-source firmware solutions for desktop motherboards that are available in retail channels tend to be for decade old (or longer) products and far out of date for performance and features.
3mdeb has been focused on the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 motherboard for their current Dasharo efforts. It's great with this being a current-generation Intel Alder Lake motherboard and supporting a robust set of hardware features and available easily from major Internet retailers for around $230 USD. It's pretty much a dream come true after tracking this space for so many years.
On Tuesday they announced their v0.3 release with more functionality working and things looking on the up-and-up.
The new release of Dasharo compatible with the MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 mainboard is here. Learn about the next steps, and how we envision a roadmap for this project!— Dasharo (@Dasharo_com) May 10, 2022
Follow the release notes here: https://t.co/OK9TyCa80F
and subscribe to our newsletter: https://t.co/ff63af2C2g pic.twitter.com/t6vIDEtvOi
The v0.3.0 release of Dasharo for the MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 now has added TPM support, memory HCL, UEFI Secure Boot, measured boot, and support for custom boot menu keys. There are also configurations added/updated around the CPU VR, PCH FIVR, and PCI Subsystem ID.
This open-source firmware is progressing steadily though there are known issues of USB storage devices disappearing after reboot / power cycling and some PCI Express ports are not currently working.
There are binaries publicly available for this current port and can be easily flashed by users using Flashrom. The original BIOS can also be re-flashed using Flashrom as well should you want to switch back. Learn more about this exciting open-source firmware effort at Dasharo.com.
The state of this effort is far enough along that I have ordered a MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 for Dasharo/Coreboot use... Stay tuned for my initial thoughts next week.