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All of this is (or can be) fixed in LinuxBIOS, as it's open source. With a proprietary BIOS you're dependant on the good-will of the vendor to fix these issues.
 
All of this is (or can be) fixed in LinuxBIOS, as it's open source. With a proprietary BIOS you're dependant on the good-will of the vendor to fix these issues.
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== LinuxBIOS features proprietary BIOSes usually lack ==
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* Boot from NAND Flash (and other nonstandard media), which most proprietary BIOSes don't support
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* Debugging output on the serial console
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== Some anecdotes where LinuxBIOS saved the day ==
 
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* The "Press F1 to continue" error on a cluster (without a single keyboard attached).
 
* The "Press F1 to continue" error on a cluster (without a single keyboard attached).
 
* Improved Fan control behaviour: http://www.linuxbios.org/pipermail/linuxbios/2007-May/021049.html
 
* Improved Fan control behaviour: http://www.linuxbios.org/pipermail/linuxbios/2007-May/021049.html
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* On the VIA EPIA MII-6000 and the EPIA-10000 LinuxBIOS can boot from CompactFlash, whereas the proprietary BIOS is known to not support this.
 
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= Later: categories =
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== End Users ==
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== Developers ==
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== Hardware Vendors ==
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== System Integrators ==

Revision as of 18:05, 7 June 2007

Note: This page is work in progress!

Benefits

  • 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
  • Fast boot times (3 seconds from power-on to Linux console)
  • Avoids the need for a slow, buggy, proprietary BIOS
  • Runs in 32-Bit protected mode almost from the start
  • Written in C, contains virtually no assembly code
  • Supports a wide variety of hardware and payloads
  • Further features: netboot, serial console, remote flashing, ...

Possible Advantages

  • Some BIOSes don't enable hardware virtualization features (AMD / Intel), thus you cannot use that feature of your hardware (e.g. for XEN, KVM, etc).
  • Some BIOSes don't enable HPET (can be used by Linux for enhanced power-saving features, e.g. on laptops), see linuxpowertop.org.
  • TPMs...

All of this is (or can be) fixed in LinuxBIOS, as it's open source. With a proprietary BIOS you're dependant on the good-will of the vendor to fix these issues.

LinuxBIOS features proprietary BIOSes usually lack

  • Boot from NAND Flash (and other nonstandard media), which most proprietary BIOSes don't support
  • Debugging output on the serial console
  • ...

Some anecdotes where LinuxBIOS saved the day

  • The "Press F1 to continue" error on a cluster (without a single keyboard attached).
  • Improved Fan control behaviour: http://www.linuxbios.org/pipermail/linuxbios/2007-May/021049.html
  • On the VIA EPIA MII-6000 and the EPIA-10000 LinuxBIOS can boot from CompactFlash, whereas the proprietary BIOS is known to not support this.
  • ...

Later: categories

End Users

Developers

Hardware Vendors

System Integrators