[coreboot] Microsoft's Quiet War Against GNU/Linux on Motherboards

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Sat May 17 07:01:19 CEST 2008

On 17.05.2008 03:40, Henry keultjes wrote:
> http://boycottnovell.com/2008/05/15/eula-hyper-on-motherboards/
> This seems like an interesting development for this list.

Sorry, I don't see the relevance of that web page. The article/rant is
rehashing things that were known months or even years ago, and it mixes
firmware topics with whining about Microsoft in general and OOXML in

We created the Linux-in-firmware market and commercial BIOS vendors have
followed suit. That was to be expected and even welcome. As BIOS offer
less and less features and move more functionality to the OS in ROM
(Linux etc.), the playing field morphs more into something where
coreboot does thrive.

The BIOS/firmware market is feature-driven and cost-driven right now.
While coreboot can compete easily on these counts, it also offers
unmatched reliability and modifiability. The former is very desired for
mission-critical computers, the latter appeals to the enthusiast market.

A nice side benefit of all this development is that BIOS vendors must
offer unique selling points to keep their market share and that's good
for the end-user.


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