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* '''2008/01/12:''' [[News#2008.2F01.2F12_LinuxBIOS_is_now_called_coreboot|LinuxBIOS is coreboot now]]
* '''2007/11/24:''' [[News#2007.2F11.2F26_ASUS_MEW-AM_now_supported|ASUS MEW-AM support]]
* '''2007/11/24:''' [[News#2007.2F11.2F26_ASUS_MEW-AM_now_supported|ASUS MEW-AM support]]
* '''2007/11/13:''' [[News#2007.2F11.2F13_Advantech_PCM-5820_now_supported|Advantech PCM-5820 support]]
* '''2007/11/13:''' [[News#2007.2F11.2F13_Advantech_PCM-5820_now_supported|Advantech PCM-5820 support]]
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* '''2007/10/31:''' [[News#2007.2F10.2F31_Various_Intel_440BX_boards_now_supported|ASUS P2B-F / P3B-F, A-Trend ATC-6220, AZZA PT-6IBD, Biostar M6TBA, Compaq Deskpro EN SFF P600, GIGABYTE GA-6BXC support]]
* '''2007/10/31:''' [[News#2007.2F10.2F31_Various_Intel_440BX_boards_now_supported|ASUS P2B-F / P3B-F, A-Trend ATC-6220, AZZA PT-6IBD, Biostar M6TBA, Compaq Deskpro EN SFF P600, GIGABYTE GA-6BXC support]]
* '''2007/10/30:''' [[News#2007.2F10.2F30_SiS761GX.2FSiS966_chipset_and_GIGABYTE_GA-2761GXDK_board_now_supported|SiS761GX/SiS966 &amp; GIGABYTE GA-2761GXDK support]]
* '''2007/10/30:''' [[News#2007.2F10.2F30_SiS761GX.2FSiS966_chipset_and_GIGABYTE_GA-2761GXDK_board_now_supported|SiS761GX/SiS966 &amp; GIGABYTE GA-2761GXDK support]]
* '''2007/10/30:''' [[News#2007.2F10.2F30_VIA_K8T890_.2F_VT8237R_now_supported|VIA K8T890 / VT8237R support]]
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Revision as of 17:35, 27 January 2008

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 payload, for example a Linux kernel, FILO, GRUB2, OpenBIOS, Open Firmware, SmartFirmware, GNUFI (UEFI), Etherboot, ADLO (for booting Windows and OpenBSD), Plan 9, or memtest86.

BenefitsThere are many reasons for using coreboot.


  • 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
  • Fast boot times (3 seconds from power-on to Linux console)
  • Avoids the need for a slow, buggy, proprietary BIOS
  • Runs in 32-Bit protected mode almost from the start
  • Written in C, contains virtually no assembly code
  • Supports a wide variety of hardware and payloads
  • Further features: netboot, serial console, remote flashing, ...

Use Casescoreboot can be deployed in a wide range of scenarios.


  • Standard desktop computers and servers
  • Clusters, high-performance computing
  • Embedded solutions, appliances, terminals
  • Small form factor computers, Home-theater PCs (HTPC)
  • No-moving-parts solutions (ROM chip as "hard drive")
  • Various non-standard scenarios (e.g. FPGA in Opteron socket)

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About
Find out more about coreboot.
News | Press | History | Screenshots & Videos | Contributors | Sponsors

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Developers
Get involved! Help us make coreboot better.
Development Guidelines | Developer Manual | Doxygen | Browse Source | JTAG | EHCI Debug Port | Testsystem | GSoC | Ideas | Superiotool

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Status
Find out whether your hardware is already supported.
Supported Motherboards | Supported Chipsets & Devices | Build Status | Flashrom support | Superiotool support

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Vendors & Products
Find out in which products coreboot is used.
Products | Clusters | Laptop | Desktops

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Getting Started
Download coreboot and get started.
Downloads | Documentation | Build Tutorials | Payloads | QEMU | AMD SimNow | Confirmed Working SVN Revisions | Buildrom | Flashrom | Misc

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Support
Learn how to contact us and find help and support.
FAQ | Mailinglist | IRC | Issue Tracker | Glossary | corebootv2 Options
ASUS A8N-E with glued-on pushpin BIOS chip.


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