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'''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.
'''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 [[Payloads|payload]], for example a [[Linux]] kernel, [[FILO]], [[GRUB2]], [http://www.openbios.org/ OpenBIOS], [http://www.openbios.org/Open_Firmware Open Firmware], [http://www.openbios.org/SmartFirmware SmartFirmware], [http://www.gnu.org/software/gnufi/ GNUFI] (UEFI), [[Etherboot]], [[ADLO]] (for [[Booting Windows using LinuxBIOS|booting Windows]] and [http://openbsd.org/ OpenBSD]), [[Plan 9]], or [[memtest86]].
It performs just a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes a so-called [[Payloads|payload]], for example a [[Linux]] kernel, [[FILO]], [[GRUB2]], [http://www.openbios.org/ OpenBIOS], [http://www.openbios.org/Open_Firmware Open Firmware], [http://www.openbios.org/SmartFirmware SmartFirmware], [http://www.gnu.org/software/gnufi/ GNUFI] (UEFI), [[Etherboot]], [[ADLO]] (for [[Booting Windows using coreboot|booting Windows]] and [http://openbsd.org/ OpenBSD]), [[Plan 9]], or [[memtest86]].
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps;">[[Benefits]]</span>''' &mdash;
'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps;">[[Benefits]]</span>''' &mdash;
<small>There are many reasons for using LinuxBIOS.</small>
<small>There are many reasons for using coreboot.</small>
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* 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
* 100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
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'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps;">[[Use Cases]]</span>''' &mdash;
'''<span style="font-variant:small-caps;">[[Use Cases]]</span>''' &mdash;
<small>LinuxBIOS can be deployed in a wide range of scenarios.</small>
<small>coreboot can be deployed in a wide range of scenarios.</small>
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* Standard desktop computers and servers
* Standard desktop computers and servers
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'''About'''<br /><small>Find out more about LinuxBIOS.<hr />[[News]] | [[Press]] | [[History]] | [[Screenshots|Screenshots & Videos]] | [[Contributors]] | [[Sponsors]]</small>
'''About'''<br /><small>Find out more about coreboot.<hr />[[News]] | [[Press]] | [[History]] | [[Screenshots|Screenshots & Videos]] | [[Contributors]] | [[Sponsors]]</small>
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'''Developers'''<br /><small>Get involved! Help us make LinuxBIOS better.<hr />[[Development Guidelines]] | [[Developer Manual]] | [http://qa.linuxbios.org/docs/doxygen.php Doxygen] | [http://tracker.linuxbios.org/trac/LinuxBIOS/browser/trunk/LinuxBIOSv2 Browse Source] | [[JTAG/BSDL Guide|JTAG]] | [[EHCI Debug Port]] | [[Distributed and Automated Testsystem|Testsystem]] | [[GSoC]] | [[Ideas]] | [[Superiotool]]</small>
'''Developers'''<br /><small>Get involved! Help us make coreboot better.<hr />[[Development Guidelines]] | [[Developer Manual]] | [http://qa.linuxbios.org/docs/doxygen.php Doxygen] | [http://tracker.linuxbios.org/trac/LinuxBIOS/browser/trunk/LinuxBIOSv2 Browse Source] | [[JTAG/BSDL Guide|JTAG]] | [[EHCI Debug Port]] | [[Distributed and Automated Testsystem|Testsystem]] | [[GSoC]] | [[Ideas]] | [[Superiotool]]</small>
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'''Vendors & Products'''<br /><small>Find out in which products LinuxBIOS is used.<hr />[[Products]] | [[Clusters]] | [[Laptop]] | [[Desktops]]</small>
'''Vendors & Products'''<br /><small>Find out in which products coreboot is used.<hr />[[Products]] | [[Clusters]] | [[Laptop]] | [[Desktops]]</small>
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'''Getting Started'''<br /><small>Download LinuxBIOS and get started.<hr />[[Download LinuxBIOS|Downloads]] | [[Documentation]] | [[Documentation#How-To.27s|Build Tutorials]] | [[Payloads]] | [[QEMU]] | [[AMD SimNow]] | [[Confirmed working svn revisions|Confirmed Working SVN Revisions]] | [[Buildrom]] | [[Flashrom]] | [[Misc]]</small>
'''Getting Started'''<br /><small>Download coreboot and get started.<hr />[[Download coreboot|Downloads]] | [[Documentation]] | [[Documentation#How-To.27s|Build Tutorials]] | [[Payloads]] | [[QEMU]] | [[AMD SimNow]] | [[Confirmed working svn revisions|Confirmed Working SVN Revisions]] | [[Buildrom]] | [[Flashrom]] | [[Misc]]</small>
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'''Support'''<br /><small>Learn how to contact us and find help and support.<hr />[[FAQ]] | [[Mailinglist]] | [[IRC]] | [http://tracker.linuxbios.org/trac/LinuxBIOS/ Issue Tracker] | [[Glossary]] | [[LinuxBIOS Options|LinuxBIOSv2 Options]]</small>
'''Support'''<br /><small>Learn how to contact us and find help and support.<hr />[[FAQ]] | [[Mailinglist]] | [[IRC]] | [http://tracker.linuxbios.org/trac/LinuxBIOS/ Issue Tracker] | [[Glossary]] | [[coreboot Options|corebootv2 Options]]</small>
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Revision as of 20:37, 12 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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