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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!

Project goals (and differences versus coreboot):

  • Coreboot contains blobs (proprietary data/code) and libreboot does not (it intentionally removes them).
  • 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'.

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.

A 'stable' coreboot:

  • 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).
  • Libreboot is more conservative (as far as the release model is concerned), focussing instead of 'tested' releases.

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

Meanwhile, libreboot freely merges specific patches that are desirable, sometimes before they are merged into coreboot's main repository.


See: docs/index.html

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