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Apple's MacBook (2,1) Now Can Boot With Coreboot

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Published on 17 August 2014 07:28 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot
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After the Lenovo X200 support the latest laptop supporting Coreboot is Apple's second-generation MacBook.

The MacBook 2,1 model that was the second-generation Apple laptop from late 2006 to mid 2007 now can be handled by Coreboot as an alternative to the proprietary Apple UEFI. Unfortunately, the newer Apple MacBook / MacBook Pro models aren't supported by Coreboot at this time.

Even with the 2006/2007 MacBook and Coreboot, the initial support lacks EC and audio support. But then fortunately there was an EC handling ACPI implementation for the battery indicator and lid status. More of the MacBook functionality will likely be implemented in due time under Coreboot.

Details on the various systems supported by Coreboot and their state can be found via the Coreboot Wiki. In terms of modern hardware support, the best mobile platforms supported by Coreboot tend to be the Google Chromebooks.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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