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'''coreboot''' (formerly known as LinuxBIOS) is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) you can find in most of today's computers. It performs just a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes a so-called [[Payloads|payload]].
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'''coreboot''' is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary [http://wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS BIOS] (firmware) found in most computers. coreboot performs a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes additional boot logic, called a [[Payloads|payload]].
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With the separation of hardware initialization and later boot logic, coreboot can scale from specialized applications that run directly from firmware, run operating systems in flash, load custom bootloaders, or implement firmware standards, like [[SeaBIOS | PC BIOS services]] or [[TianoCore | UEFI]]. This allows for systems to only include the features necessary in the target application, reducing the amount of code and flash space required.
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coreboot currently supports over '''[[Supported Motherboards|230]]''' different mainboards. Check the [[Support]] page to see if your system is supported.
  
 
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With this separation of hardware initialization and later boot logic, coreboot can scale from specialized applications run directly from firmware, operating systems in flash, and custom bootloaders to implementations of firmware standards like PCBIOS and EFI without having to carry features not necessary in the target application, reducing the amount of code and flash space required.
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coreboot was formerly known as [http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2008-January/029135.html LinuxBIOS].  
 
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We currently support '''[[Supported Motherboards|228]]''' different mainboards.
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coreboot recently switched to [[git]] and [http://review.coreboot.org gerrit] is now used as patch review tool.
 
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* 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
 
* 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
* Fast boot times (3 seconds to Linux console)
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* Fast boot times (500 milliseconds to verified Linux kernel)
 
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* [[SeaBIOS]] / [[FILO]] / [[GRUB2]] / [[Payloads|...]] <!-- / [[OpenFirmware]] / [[OpenBIOS]] -->
 
* [[SeaBIOS]] / [[FILO]] / [[GRUB2]] / [[Payloads|...]] <!-- / [[OpenFirmware]] / [[OpenBIOS]] -->
 
* [[Linux]] / [[Windows]] / [[FreeBSD]] / [[NetBSD]] / [[Payloads|...]] <!-- / [http://openbsd.org/ OpenBSD]-->
 
* [[Linux]] / [[Windows]] / [[FreeBSD]] / [[NetBSD]] / [[Payloads|...]] <!-- / [http://openbsd.org/ OpenBSD]-->
* [[Etherboot]] / [[GPXE]] / [[Payloads|...]]
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* [[Etherboot]] / [[GPXE]] / [[iPXE]] / [[Payloads|...]]
 
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* [[Bayou]] / [[Coreinfo]] / [[Tint]] / [[Libpayload]]-->
 
* [[Bayou]] / [[Coreinfo]] / [[Tint]] / [[Libpayload]]-->
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps; font-size:150%">Developers</span>'''<br /><small>Get involved! Help us make coreboot better.</small><small><hr />[[Development Guidelines]] | [[Developer Manual]] | [http://qa.coreboot.org/docs/doxygen.php Doxygen] | [http://tracker.coreboot.org/trac/coreboot/browser/trunk Browse Source] | [[GSoC]] | [[Flag Days]]</small>
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps; font-size:150%">Developers</span>'''<br /><small>Get involved! Help us make coreboot better.</small><small><hr />[[Development Guidelines]] | [[Developer Manual]] | [http://qa.coreboot.org/docs/doxygen.php Doxygen] | [http://review.coreboot.org/gitweb?p=coreboot.git;a=tree Browse Source] | [[GSoC]] | [[Flag Days]] | [[Distributed and Automated Testsystem|Testsystem]]</small>
 
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps; font-size:150%">Related Tools</span>'''<br /><small>Tools and libraries related to coreboot.</small><small><hr />[[Flashrom]] | [[Superiotool]] | [[Nvramtool]] | [[Buildrom]] | [[Mkelfimage]] | [[Inteltool]] | [[Msrtool]] | [[Ectool]] | [[Developer_Manual/Tools|Hardware tools]] | [[Abuild]] | [[SerialICE]]</small>
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps; font-size:150%">Related Tools</span>'''<br /><small>Tools and libraries related to coreboot.</small><small><hr />[http://www.flashrom.org flashrom] | [[Superiotool]] | [[Nvramtool]] | [[Buildrom]] | [[Mkelfimage]] | [[Inteltool]] | [[Msrtool]] | [[Ectool]] | [[Developer_Manual/Tools|Hardware tools]] | [[Abuild]] | [http://serialice.com SerialICE]</small>
 
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps; font-size:120%">[[News]]</span>'''<hr />
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps; font-size:120%">[http://blogs.coreboot.org News (blog)]</span>'''<hr />
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* '''2010/12/06:''' [[News#2010.2F12.2F06_ASUS_M4A78-EM_now_supported|ASUS M4A78-EM support]]
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* '''2010/11/11:''' [[News#2010.2F11.2F11_ASUS_M2V_now_supported|ASUS M2V support]]
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* '''2010/09/13:''' [[News#2010.2F09.2F13_ASUS_M4A785-M_now_supported|ASUS M4A785-M support]]
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* '''2010/09/10:''' [[News#2010.2F09.2F10_LiPPERT_LiteRunner-LX_and_Hurricane-LX_now_supported|LiPPERT LiteRunner-LX and Hurricane-LX support]]
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* '''2010/08/17:''' [[News#2010.2F08.2F17_GIGABYTE_GA-MA785GMT-UD2H_now_supported|GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H support]]
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* '''2010/08/17:''' [[News#2010.2F08.2F17_GIGABYTE_GA-MA78GM-US2H_now_supported|GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H support]]
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* '''2010/06/22:''' [[News#2010.2F06.2F22_INTEL_D810E2CB_now_supported|Intel D810E2CB support]]
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* None, currently.
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Revision as of 13:27, 2 April 2013

coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers. coreboot performs a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes additional boot logic, called a payload.

With the separation of hardware initialization and later boot logic, coreboot can scale from specialized applications that run directly from firmware, run operating systems in flash, load custom bootloaders, or implement firmware standards, like PC BIOS services or UEFI. This allows for systems to only include the features necessary in the target application, reducing the amount of code and flash space required.

coreboot currently supports over 230 different mainboards. Check the Support page to see if your system is supported.

coreboot was formerly known as LinuxBIOS.

coreboot recently switched to git and gerrit is now used as patch review tool.

  • 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
  • Fast boot times (500 milliseconds to verified Linux kernel)
  • Supports many mainboards, chipsets, and payloads

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About
Find out more about coreboot.
Press | Logo | History | Screenshots/Videos | Contributors | Sponsors | Products | Vendors

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Developers
Get involved! Help us make coreboot better.
Development Guidelines | Developer Manual | Doxygen | Browse Source | GSoC | Flag Days | Testsystem

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Status
Find out whether your hardware is already supported.
Supported Boards | Supported Chipsets | Board Status Pages | Build Status

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Related Tools
Tools and libraries related to coreboot.
flashrom | Superiotool | Nvramtool | Buildrom | Mkelfimage | Inteltool | Msrtool | Ectool | Hardware tools | Abuild | SerialICE

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Getting Started
Download coreboot and get started.
Build HOWTO | Downloads | Documentation | QEMU | AMD SimNow | Build from Windows

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Support
Learn how to contact us and find help and support.
FAQ | Mailinglist | IRC | Issue Tracker | Glossary | coreboot Options
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