GNU Libreboot Release Adds New Chromebook & ASUS/Gigabyte/Intel Board Support
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 18 August 2016 at 06:46 PM EDT. 24 Comments
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The Libreboot project has done their first official release of this Coreboot binary-free downstream now being under the GNU project label.

GNU Libreboot 20160818 is the new release. New board support for this de-blobbed version of Coreboot includes supporting the ASUS Chromebook C201, Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L, Intel D510MO, ASUS KCMA-D8, ASUS KFSN4-DRE, and ASUS KGPE-D16. Yep, all rather old motherboards (aside from the Chromebook C201) with sadly not much love these days from AMD and Intel around fully supporting modern chipsets by free software.

The ASUS C201 is powered by a Rockchip SoC and has a 16GB SSD and 2GB or 4GB of RAM. You can get the ASUS C201 for as low as $169 USD.

Other changes in this Libreboot release include battery life improvements for select chipsets like i945 and GM45, using SeaGRUB as the default payload on all x86 boards, support for Google's depthcharge bootloader, improved GRUB configuration, and various other changes.

More details on GNU Libreboot 20160818 via the mailing list announcement.

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