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Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +00002coreboot README
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Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +00005coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary
Uwe Hermann10d55b42006-10-20 21:50:01 +00006BIOS you can find in most of today's computers.
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8It performs just a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes
Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +00009one of many possible payloads, e.g. a Linux kernel or a bootloader.
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12Payloads
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15After the basic initialization of the hardware has been performed, any
Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +000016desired "payload" can be started by coreboot.
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Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +000018See http://www.coreboot.org/Payloads for a list of supported payloads.
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21Supported Hardware
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Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +000024coreboot supports a wide range of chipsets, devices, and mainboards.
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26For details please consult:
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Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000028 * http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards
29 * http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Chipsets_and_Devices
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Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +000032Build Requirements
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35 * gcc / g++
36 * make
37 * python
38 * perl
Stefan Reinauer81d5b0c2010-01-18 11:10:03 +000039 * ncurses
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41Optional:
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43 * doxygen (for generating/viewing documentation)
44 * iasl (for targets with ACPI support)
45 * gdb (for better debugging facilities on some targets)
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48Building coreboot
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51Please consult http://www.coreboot.org/Documentation for details.
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54Testing coreboot Without Modifying Your Hardware
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57If you want to test coreboot without any risks before you really decide
58to use it on your hardware, you can use the QEMU system emulator to run
59coreboot virtually in QEMU.
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61Please see http://www.coreboot.org/QEMU for details.
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Uwe Hermann10d55b42006-10-20 21:50:01 +000064Website and Mailing List
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67Further details on the project, a FAQ, many HOWTOs, news, development
Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000068guidelines and more can be found on the coreboot website:
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Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000070 http://www.coreboot.org
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Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000072You can contact us directly on the coreboot mailing list:
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Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000074 http://www.coreboot.org/Mailinglist
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77Copyright and License
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Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000080The copyright on coreboot is owned by quite a large number of individual
Uwe Hermann10d55b42006-10-20 21:50:01 +000081developers and companies. Please check the individual source files for details.
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Uwe Hermann0346c222009-04-17 17:11:39 +000083coreboot is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Uwe Hermann10d55b42006-10-20 21:50:01 +000084Some files are licensed under the "GPL (version 2, or any later version)",
85and some files (mostly those derived from the Linux kernel) are licensed under
86the "GPL, version 2". For some parts, which were derived from other projects,
87other (GPL-compatible) licenses may apply. Please check the individual
88source files for details.
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Stefan Reinauerf8ee1802008-01-18 15:08:58 +000090This makes the resulting coreboot images licensed under the GPL, version 2.
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