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a12ctic
02-25-07, 04:40 PM
http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/496453

This is a huge victory in the quest for a completely Free & Open
Source general-purpose computer that enables users to have full
control over their own hardware. The Free Software Foundation has made
the campaign for a Free BIOS a top priority because it is a key
component in the software stack of personal computers [4]. The need
for a Free BIOS is even more pressing since DRM and Treacherous
Computing have found their way into some proprietary BIOSes and EFI.
From a practical perspective, LinuxBIOS removes the need for ugly
hacks and workarounds in the kernel that compensate for buggy BIOSes
we can now fix the BIOS ourselves.

Amazing. Thank god, I've been waiting for this forever. No way for retailers to force messy drm on us now.

Zelda_fan
02-25-07, 05:26 PM
I would never install that Linux BIOS crap and risk horking my $200 motherboard.

a12ctic
02-25-07, 05:35 PM
Yeah. Its a pain to install it yourself. But now that retailers are starting to install it from default, the installation isnt really a problem. Its a pretty nice bios.

Zelda_fan
02-25-07, 05:38 PM
I am certainly competent enough to install a BIOS. I update my BIOS all the time. However, I would never install an Open Source BIOS released by a third party. That is just asking for trouble.

a12ctic
02-25-07, 05:47 PM
Mabye in a closed source envirment I would be worried, but if the source is open there is accualy a lot less to worry about.