[LinuxBIOS] Laptops + LinuxBIOS, revisited.

Robinson Tryon bishop.robinson at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 07:35:20 CET 2007

There have been a few threads in the past about trying to get Dell or
some other major laptop vendor to partner with LinuxBIOS.
Unfortunately, only a large vendor has the clout to request specs that
someone small such as the LB project could never get on its own.

I'm currently in the market for a couple more linux laptops (this time
for my mother and grandmother), and while I don't have any delusions
of getting support in time for this purchase, I'd love to be able to
spend my money in a way that support LB (and the hope of laptops with
LB support at some point in the future).

When buying hardware right now, how can I make those purchases support
vendors who support LinuxBIOS?

In a past thread concerning laptops, Peter Stuge said that the
graphics hardware isn't there yet:
"For now, the graphics hardware simply isn't there ... Until there is
powerful open graphics hardware from someone the laptop wont happen.
But keep pushing for it!"

According to later threads, it sounds like there is development afoot
to make it possible to use a Free Software BIOS on certain Radeon
cards -- cards that I believe could be used in both desktop and laptop

Is there a possibility that work on these Radeon cards could make
laptop support more feasible?

I found the wiki page about laptops here: http://linuxbios.org/Laptop,
but it appears that it hasn't been updated in a couple of months.

Would it be helpful to have more entries for the "Laptop Survey" table
on that wiki page?
Is someone spearheading the effort to get LinuxBIOS support on laptops?

-- Robinson

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