Libreboot, Coreboot Downstream, Becomes A GNU Project
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 19 May 2016 at 09:48 PM EDT. 2 Comments
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Libreboot, the downstream of Coreboot that doesn't permit any closed-source microcode/firmware blobs as part of the hardware initialization process for this alternative to proprietary BIOS/UEFI, has become an official GNU project.

As of a few days ago, Libreboot is officially a GNU project. It's not too surprising though considering tends to be what runs on the systems endorsed by the FSF due to freeing systems down to the BIOS compared to Coreboot that still permits some binary-only modules for modern hardware. Libreboot is basically a de-blobbed version of Coreboot.

Aside from libreboot.org/gnu I haven't seen any official announcement yet from the FSF/GNU announcing they have adopted the project, but did receive notice from Leah Woods that it has become a GNU project.

Hopefully the FSF will be steering more resources in the direction of Libreboot for allowing it to work with modern hardware, compared to the generally outdated systems (by generally accepted modern PC standards) that it's supported thus far.
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