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[News] GNU/Linux Desktop on Getting Simpler to Put on BIOS, Upgrades Also

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Desktop on Getting Simpler to Put on BIOS, Upgrades Also
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 02:06:17 +0000
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BIOS flashing for Linux users now in the wild

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| Since the release of its previous version in 
| May 2009, at least 30 additional flash chip 
| families and half a dozen variants for each 
| family are now being supported by Flashrom.
| [...]
| Aside from Linux (which flashrom already has 
| binary packages for Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, 
| Gentoo, Mandriva, and openSUSE) flashrom 
| already supports FreeBSD, DragonFly, Nexenta, 
| Solaris, and even Mac OS X.


Linux upgrades the easy way

,----[ Quote ]
| Ubuntu makes it even easier. There, all I had 
| to do was to tell the operating system's 
| built-in Update Manger that, "Yes, I would 
| like it to move me up to Ubuntu 9.10," and I 
| could get on with unpacking KVM (keyboard, 
| video, mouse) units. In both cases, within an 
| hour that didn't require anything else from 
| me, I had upgraded two operating systems.
| I don't know about you, but when I half-a-
| dozen other things going on and my brain is 
| working at half-speed, these are my kinds of 
| upgrades.



The Open Source BIOS is Ten

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| The firmware used to start up the hardware and load the operating system, the
| Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), is fundamental to the operation of a PC. It
| can be one of the major contributors to boot time on a PC. Most PCs use a
| commercial, proprietary BIOS, but steadily, open source firmware is making a
| place for itself. coreboot, previously known as LinuxBIOS, is one of the
| leading BIOS projects and is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Anton
| Borisov, who has researched the economics of open source firmware, talked to
| the developers behind the coreboot BIOS; Ron Minnich, who deals with largest
| supercomputers in the world at Sandia National Labs in California, Stefan
| Reinauer - CEO of coreSystems and Eric Biederman from Linux Networx.

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