Google Code Blog: Google Sponsors the LinuxBIOS Project
Nov 16, 2006, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The LinuxBIOS project aims to take down the last barrier in
Open Source systems by providing a free firmware (BIOS)
implementation. LinuxBIOS celebrates its Sixth anniversary this
year, and has an installed base of over 1 million LinuxBIOS
systems. With the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, that number
is expected to exceed 10 million users in 2007. LinuxBIOS supports
65 mainboards from 31 vendors in v1 and another 56 mainboards from
27 vendors in v2.
"There's always been one main obstacle for our project though:
unlike other free software, LinuxBIOS can easily make your hardware
a paperweight if you encounter a bug (unless you happen to have a
spare flash chip...)"