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Booth location

Hall 7.2a 106

Who will be there

What needs to be brought

  • flat screen monitor
    • Paul will bring a 17" flat screen.
  • flyers, information material
    • Peter will bring a nice poster and print flyers at the printing service on site
  • 4-in-1 Monitor switch
    • Peter
  • ethernet switch
    • Peter
  • power strip (1 for the booth)
    • Peter
  • keyboard
    • Peter
  • tools (screw driver, etc.)
    • Peter
  • OGD-1 (Open Graphics Card)
    • Peter
  • ethernet card which flashrom supports?

Ideas for presentation


  • Make coreboot known to more people.
  • Show flashrom and how it now also supports ethernet cards and SATA cards and runs also on BSD and Solaris.
  • Get more developers.
  • Get in touch with hardware vendors.
  • Present coreboot and flashrom in 2 slides of 1 minute each at the project's Fast Forward session


  • To catch the attention of the visitors, we should have a catchy slogan being displayed on the flat screen.
    • Peter uses "coreboot - Beyond the final frontier" - maybe too cheesy?

How to answer best the following questions?

  • Is my board supported?
    • We can say that additionally to AMD and VIA now even a rather recent board with an Intel chipset (Kontron_986LCD-M_mITX) is supported.
    • But the main problem will be that AMD still has not yet released the code for their 780(?) chipsets. The VIA VX855 is the most recent chipset, it is only now being made available for mainboard vendors and one of VIA's customers has already contributed support for the chipset to coreboot.
  • What benefit does it have?
    • Boot speed, no BIOS label cost, open source, reviewable, written in C not assembly, unified codebase for all chipsets and boards, innovative way of booting x86 (payloads) but also legacy compatible (SeaBIOS)
  • How do I profit from it?
    • Board vendors easy: no BIOS label cost
    • Chipset vendors: happy customers because they have an easy to work with firmware
    • Appliance vendors: allows near-instant on for simple applications using libpayload
    • End users: open source, boot speed, configurability
    • Security conscious users: Easy to review
  • Is not hibernate/suspend the future?
    • coreboot is getting better at ACPI all the time
    • With very fast booting firmware, maybe computers can shut down more often?

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