Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Dec 2006 22:06 UTC
Linux After seven years of work, the LinuxBIOS project is on the brink of making a free BIOS a standard option for computers. Serious obstacles remain, including a lack of resources and resistance from some proprietary chipset manufacturers and OEMs, but the advantages of LinuxBIOS indicate that its availability to the average computer buyer may be only months away.
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by Mitarai on Fri 8th Dec 2006 00:33 UTC
Mitarai
Member since:
2005-07-28

If this f--ks up my BIOS and let me in the dark with a no botting computer, what can I do?

oh I forgot, I won't have support at all, OEM may be the "Devil" but at least can respond.

And no, don't put links to a forum, That's not the kind of help or support I need.

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by porcel on Fri 8th Dec 2006 00:47 in reply to "..."
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

You can do what you would do if any BIOS upgrade does not work. Reset your jumper on the motherboard or use a special keyboard combination on some models that will take you back to your previous Eprom.

Almost all modern motherboards have a way to reset and back up the BIOS. Besides, you would not flash a functioning motherboard unless you had a reason for it and there will soon be lists of motherboards that are well supported by Linux BIOS.

But hey, nobody is forcing you to do anything, so stop putting forth strawman arguments.

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by StephenBeDoper on Fri 8th Dec 2006 05:22 in reply to "RE: ..."
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

There are also some fairly simple windows-based tools which will make images of your current BIOS for backup purposes. I would imagine that there are similar tools for Linux as well.

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by Flatline on Fri 8th Dec 2006 15:29 in reply to "RE: ..."
Flatline Member since:
2006-03-06

Actually, according to this: http://linuxbios.org/images/9/97/LinuxBIOS.pdf

You don't flash the OEM BIOS at all. You actually remove the chip and replace it with another chip that is capable of loading linuxBIOS; in other words, it is only viable on systems with removable BIOS chip.

An interesting project, nonetheless, and geared more toward remote management and fast boot times for specific types of system than for general use, apparently.

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by Soulbender on Fri 8th Dec 2006 02:14 in reply to "..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I don't see anyone holding a gun to your head, forcing you to install it.
Oh wait, you're just trolling as usual.

Edited 2006-12-08 02:14

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