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This is a random list of ideas for features which would be nice to have in coreboot (or a payload).
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This is a '''random list of ideas''' for features which would be nice to have in coreboot (or a payload).
  
 
Having an item here does '''not''' mean that someone is necessarily already working on it.
 
Having an item here does '''not''' mean that someone is necessarily already working on it.
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=== Hardware Features ===
 
=== Hardware Features ===
  
* Bios setup
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* BIOS setup
 
** Support for the NX-bit.
 
** Support for the NX-bit.
 
** Config option for enabling/disabling HPET (high precision event timers) on all boards which have them.
 
** Config option for enabling/disabling HPET (high precision event timers) on all boards which have them.
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=== Payloads ===
 
=== Payloads ===
  
* [[Flashrom]]-like payload to allow reflashing the BIOS without having to load an OS, boot from floppies or similar.
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* [http://www.flashrom.org Flashrom]-like payload to allow reflashing the BIOS without having to load an OS, boot from floppies or similar.
* Busybox-style mini-payload for recovery purposes (possible already to a certain degree, but should be simplified).
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* Barebox-style mini-payload for recovery purposes (possible already to a certain degree, but should be simplified).
 
* GNU fdisk-like payload to allow basic partitioning, file system check and swap enable/disable.
 
* GNU fdisk-like payload to allow basic partitioning, file system check and swap enable/disable.
 
* Security payload, which allows encryption of the filesystem on any harddisk and USB thumb drive. User authentication before boot with USB dongle, fingerprint sensor or chipcard-terminal with PKCS 15.
 
* Security payload, which allows encryption of the filesystem on any harddisk and USB thumb drive. User authentication before boot with USB dongle, fingerprint sensor or chipcard-terminal with PKCS 15.
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* Add [https://tracker.coreboot.org/trac/coreboot/ticket/95 support in VirtualBox for loading arbitrary BIOS images] so VirtualBox can be used for testing coreboot (as an alternative to [[QEMU]]).
 
* Add [https://tracker.coreboot.org/trac/coreboot/ticket/95 support in VirtualBox for loading arbitrary BIOS images] so VirtualBox can be used for testing coreboot (as an alternative to [[QEMU]]).
 
=== Misc ===
 
 
* A graphical tool to configure the parts of coreboot without a need to use a texteditor. You wish to make a BIOS without any graphics adapter, with netboot and minimal boottime, then choose the option "server". You like to change the splashscreen? Then load a 800×600px picture (or a smaller one) from your harddisk and let this tool convert it into a proper splashscreen picture format and build a new BIOS for your mainboard.
 
* A nice splashscreen 800×600px for desktop users, from which a selection of different payloads are possible.
 

Latest revision as of 18:55, 26 September 2010

This is a random list of ideas for features which would be nice to have in coreboot (or a payload).

Having an item here does not mean that someone is necessarily already working on it.

Ideas / Wishlist

Hardware Features

  • BIOS setup
    • Support for the NX-bit.
    • Config option for enabling/disabling HPET (high precision event timers) on all boards which have them.
    • Config option for enabling/disabling hardware virtualization.
    • Config option for enabling/disabling the TPM chip on boards which have one.
    • Config option for enabling/disabling the processor serial number to be read by the OS.

Payloads

  • Flashrom-like payload to allow reflashing the BIOS without having to load an OS, boot from floppies or similar.
  • Barebox-style mini-payload for recovery purposes (possible already to a certain degree, but should be simplified).
  • GNU fdisk-like payload to allow basic partitioning, file system check and swap enable/disable.
  • Security payload, which allows encryption of the filesystem on any harddisk and USB thumb drive. User authentication before boot with USB dongle, fingerprint sensor or chipcard-terminal with PKCS 15.

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