October 31, 2007
LinuxBIOS Brings Clones One Step Closer to Freedom
No matter how hard you try to build a 100 percent Free/Open Source (FOSS) computer, there are a few bits you can't reach that contain non-FOSS code: ROM chips. These power the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), Ethernet interfaces, SCSI controllers, and SATA/PATA drive controllers. Today we're taking a look at the LinuxBIOS project, which gives us a modern GPL alternative to the two remaining proprietary BIOS vendors, AMI and Phoenix.