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LinuxBIOS Brings Clones One Step Closer to Freedom

Oct 31, 2007, 01:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"No matter how hard you try to build a 100 percent Free/Open Source (FOSS) computer, there are a few bits you can't reach that contain non-FOSS code: ROM chips. These power the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), Ethernet interfaces, SCSI controllers, and SATA/PATA drive controllers. Today we're taking a look at the LinuxBIOS project, which gives us a modern GPL alternative to the two remaining proprietary BIOS vendors, AMI and Phoenix.

"Even if you don't care about the openness of your system BIOS, you might be concerned about its inflexibility and legacy baggage..."

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