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|Name=libreboot
 
|Name=libreboot
 
|Short description=coreboot-libre. coreboot without binary blobs.
 
|Short description=coreboot-libre. coreboot without binary blobs.
|Full description=Project goals
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|Full description=Libreboot is a distribution of coreboot with proprietary blobs removed.
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Like coreboot, libreboot is boot firmware intended as a free 'BIOS' replacement for your computer.
  
The goal of LibreBoot is to create a version of coreboot that contains no proprietary software.
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'Libre' means 'liberty'. Libreboot is not a reboot library!
  
This means removing all blobs from coreboot, and also removing (disabling) Kconfig rules of those machines (such as the Chromebooks, at the time of writing) that won't run without blobs.
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Project goals (and differences versus coreboot):
  
Our project aims to provide two things
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* Coreboot contains blobs (proprietary data/code) and libreboot does not (it intentionally removes them).
* 100% free software repository, allowing users to build their own releases from our liberated sources.
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* Coreboot is hacker-friendly and focusses on software developers, libreboot is user-focussed and attempts to turn coreboot into a distribution, much in the same vein as a GNU/Linux distribution: for example, libreboot distributes GRUB/memtest86+/bucts (and more) and comes with user-focussed documentation and build scripts; libreboot is therefore made more 'user-friendly'.
* Regular releases for selected machines — community supported and made for easy distribution.
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Our repository remains a work-in-progress but early releases for the IBM ThinkPad X60 are available.
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Libreboot is not a fork of coreboot, despite misconceptions of this fact. Libreboot (downstream supplier) is a parallel effort which works closely with and rebases on the latest coreboot (upstream supplier) every so often.
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A 'stable' coreboot:
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* Coreboot uses the rolling release model (and it is therefore quite volatile; one day when you build coreboot, it may or may not work correctly on your machine).
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* Libreboot is more conservative (as far as the release model is concerned), focussing instead of 'tested' releases.
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On the other hand, coreboot is also conservative in what it accepts (merges) into the main git repository: most of the time, a lot of changes are under review at review.coreboot.org.
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Meanwhile, libreboot freely merges specific patches that are desirable, sometimes before they are merged into coreboot's main repository.  
 
|Homepage URL=http://libreboot.org/
 
|Homepage URL=http://libreboot.org/
 
|User level=advanced
 
|User level=advanced
|IRC general=http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=libreboot
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|Documentation note=See: docs/index.html
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|IRC general=https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=libreboot
 
|Related projects=coreboot
 
|Related projects=coreboot
 
|Keywords=coreboot, libreboot
 
|Keywords=coreboot, libreboot
 
|Version identifier=5th release
 
|Version identifier=5th release
|Version date=2014/03/07
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|Version date=2014/06/22
 
|Version status=stable
 
|Version status=stable
|Version download=http://gluglug.org.uk/X60/release/4/X60_source.tar.gz
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|Version download=http://libreboot.org/release/4/libreboot_src.tar.gz
|Version comment=Currently being updated (deblobbing new coreboot release). This one is based on coreboot around December 2013.
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|Version comment=Currently being updated (deblobbing new coreboot release). This one is based on coreboot from around December 2013.
 
|Last review by=Fchmmr
 
|Last review by=Fchmmr
|Last review date=2014/05/09
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|Last review date=2014/07/12
 
|Submitted by=Fchmmr
 
|Submitted by=Fchmmr
 
|Submitted date=2014/05/09
 
|Submitted date=2014/05/09

Revision as of 19:50, 11 July 2014

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libreboot

http://libreboot.org/
Libreboot is a distribution of coreboot with proprietary blobs removed. Like coreboot, libreboot is boot firmware intended as a free 'BIOS' replacement for your computer.

'Libre' means 'liberty'. Libreboot is not a reboot library!

Documentation

See: docs/index.html or http://libreboot.org/docs

"IRC https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=libreboot " IRC general channel
https://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=libreboot


Download

Download version 6th release (7th beta) (stable)
released on 11 September 2014

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Licensing

LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2fchmmr9 May 2014



Leaders and contributors

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
user support Mailing List https://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/libreboot
development Mailing List https://lists.nongnu.org/mailman/listinfo/libreboot-dev


Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 12 July 2014.



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