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LinuxBIOS ready to go mainstream

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After seven years of work, the LinuxBIOS project is on the brink of making a free BIOS a standard option for computers. Serious obstacles remain, including a lack of resources and resistance from some proprietary chipset manufacturers and OEMs, but the advantages of LinuxBIOS indicate that its availability to the average computer buyer may be only months away.

The main reason for optimism seems to be its deployment on One Laptop Per Child. For LinuxBIOS to ever become a mainstream option, it will have to work with Windows as well - perhaps Microsoft's interest in OLPC will provide the trigger. :unsure:

 

More at enterprise.linux.com.

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For LinuxBIOS to ever become a mainstream option, it will have to work with Windows as well

Quote honestly I don't see why?

Phoenix exists in a niche, mainly OEM's like HP who want to customise a BIOS... or laptops etc.

It does depend what you call "mainstream" of course... Is the Mac BIOS mainstream? (for instance)

 

In many ways DRM stuff will provide an impetus all by itself IMHO... now what would provide an impetus is probably a HW LAMP server implementation with linux bios There are over 60 million apache servers on the internet, many runing linux or *BSD or even Solaris... http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2006/12/index.html

 

It matters not a bit to most hosters if they can run windows....they can choose from *BSD or linux and a slot in 19" rack server with linux bios (fully supported and designed to run on it) would be a real boost...

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