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    Default AMD To Support Coreboot On All Future CPUs

    Phoronix: AMD To Support Coreboot On All Future CPUs

    Here's one non-UDS announcement hitting the web right now that's also very significant for open-source and Linux: Advanced Micro Devices has announced today they will support Coreboot on all future processors...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTQyMQ

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    Yay! No more boring featureless BIOSes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yfrwlf View Post
    Yay! No more boring featureless BIOSes!
    yay instantboot into linux

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    can someone outline potential benefits to this????

    i've read the wiki and the coreboot page and fail to see any benefits as a "typical" user


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    While great in general, I still doubt there will be support for consumer boards. Would love to be wrong on this.

    @89c51

    Much faster boot, as said above

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    Also in terms of consumers how is this better than uefi? After all is coreboot still a BIOS with all the inherent limitations like long hardware initialisation times and antiquated hardware support?

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    So in the not-so-distant future I might have a truly open system on my computer.
    Thanks AMD, I'll be sticking with your products!

    Saying this with hopes to have this support for consumer parts as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _txf_ View Post
    Also in terms of consumers how is this better than uefi? After all is coreboot still a BIOS with all the inherent limitations like long hardware initialisation times and antiquated hardware support?
    EFI is in practise nothing more than a layer on top of the BIOS. Even Apple still uses a BIOS with some soft of EFI hooks. Ask MacOSx86 project if you don't believe me.

    The problem with this BIOS crap is not that it is a BIOS but that it is encrypted (DRM) and it takes hella long before a modern mainboard even reaches the post screen >.<

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    Quote Originally Posted by _txf_ View Post
    Also in terms of consumers how is this better than uefi? After all is coreboot still a BIOS with all the inherent limitations like long hardware initialisation times and antiquated hardware support?
    It's not a BIOS, and it only probes the minimum necessary needed to run linux. There's an old video of a three second boot from power to X using coreboot.

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    that's awesome, best news i've read so far this month.

    i tried to get change to coreboot but a: it's tricky business and b: my board has 1 bios chip and it's non-swap-able. a couple of guys on the coreboot IRC were really helpful but now it's not the $time$ to go frying a motherboard willy-nilly.

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