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Linux.com: LinuxBIOS Ready to Go Mainstream

Dec 08, 2006, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"After seven years of work, the LinuxBIOS project is on the brink of making a free BIOS a standard option for computers. Serious obstacles remain, including a lack of resources and resistance from some proprietary chipset manufacturers and OEMs, but the advantages of LinuxBIOS indicate that its availability to the average computer buyer may be only months away.

"LinuxBIOS is intended to provide a philosophically free replacement for proprietary firmware in chipsets. It consists of the minimal amount of code needed to start a mainboard to the point at which a payload--an executable capable of starting a kernel, such as Etherboot--can finish booting the machine. As the name implies, work to date has focused on using a Linux kernel, but the same technology could be used to start a machine with Windows or the GRUB boot manager..."

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