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Coreboot always struck me (as a layman), like a nicely engineered system. Does it suffer from intractable BIOS issues enough that EFI is an improvement?
The Extensible Firmware Interface - an introduction
Posted Aug 12, 2011 15:33 UTC (Fri) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
If all you want to do is boot Linux then Coreboot definitely lets you achieve that with less overhead, and if vendors used it as the basis for the PEI layer we'd benefit from having the source to their setup code and could use that to identify bugs. But we'd still run into the common BIOS issue that vendors *will* introduce bugs, and we still need to work around them. Even if we have the source code and can rebuild the full BIOS image with a bugfix, having someone flash a third-party BIOS image would probably void the manufacturer warranty. So we're still at the mercy of the vendors in terms of bugfixes, and the open source nature of Coreboot doesn't benefit us hugely in that respect.
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