[coreboot] OT: GSoC project idea: Replacement of Video BIOS for native graphics initialization in coreboot

Paul Menzel paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net
Thu Apr 11 10:07:38 CEST 2013

(Sent to dri-devel and intel-gfx lists.)

Dear Linux graphics folks,

coreboot has been accepted to participate in Google Summer of Code 2013
[1]. coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the
proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers.

Please find more information about GSoC in our Wiki [3], where some
project ideas are already listed [4]. But you can of course propose your
own ideas.

A nice project for you graphics folks might be to work on native
graphics initialization to replace the Video BIOS [5][6]. For example on
the Chromebook Pixel (Google Link) the Video BIOS takes 1.5 s and the
native graphics initialization just 200 ms [7].

So if you are interested, please join the coreboot list and the IRC
channel, ask questions and submit your proposal. We are looking forward
to it!

Thanks and happy coding,


PS: If you know somebody interested in this, please spread the word.

[1] http://blogs.coreboot.org/blog/2013/03/30/google-summer-of-code-2013/
[2] http://www.coreboot.org/
[3] http://www.coreboot.org/GSoC
[4] http://www.coreboot.org/Project_Ideas
[5] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g8FMob25VZYxbWri2iFB8YiSL8gwF9vKJH3HGxr0xQU/edit?pli=1#
[6] http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2013-March/075512.html
[7] http://review.coreboot.org/#/c/2531/5//COMMIT_MSG
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