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coreboot README
coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary
BIOS you can find in most of today's computers.
It performs just a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes
one of many possible payloads, e.g. a Linux kernel or a bootloader.
After the basic initialization of the hardware has been performed, any
desired "payload" can be started by coreboot.
See for a list of supported payloads.
Supported Hardware
coreboot supports a wide range of chipsets, devices, and mainboards.
For details please consult:
Build Requirements
* gcc / g++
* make
* doxygen (for generating/viewing documentation)
* iasl (for targets with ACPI support)
* gdb (for better debugging facilities on some targets)
* ncurses (for 'make menuconfig')
* flex and bison (for regenerating parsers)
Building coreboot
Please consult for details.
Testing coreboot Without Modifying Your Hardware
If you want to test coreboot without any risks before you really decide
to use it on your hardware, you can use the QEMU system emulator to run
coreboot virtually in QEMU.
Please see for details.
Website and Mailing List
Further details on the project, a FAQ, many HOWTOs, news, development
guidelines and more can be found on the coreboot website:
You can contact us directly on the coreboot mailing list:
Copyright and License
The copyright on coreboot is owned by quite a large number of individual
developers and companies. Please check the individual source files for details.
coreboot is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Some files are licensed under the "GPL (version 2, or any later version)",
and some files are licensed under the "GPL, version 2". For some parts, which
were derived from other projects, other (GPL-compatible) licenses may apply.
Please check the individual source files for details.
This makes the resulting coreboot images licensed under the GPL, version 2.