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post #11 of 48
Here is a blog post by AMD with a few more details on coreboot:
http://blogs.amd.com/work/2011/05/05...e-on-coreboot/

And a screenshot of it:
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post #12 of 48
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How about putting enough memory on the cpu to store a whole operating system?
Been done thousands of times, just look in your pockets for your phone; CPU, memory, everything on one or two combined PCB's.

I'm not so sure what the big deal is, it is basically EFI with a little bit of memory on the board with a linux OS (basically what Asus has done on many boards for +4 years now, just minus EFI).
    
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My wallet is aching, looks like Im going to have to build an all AMD rig as well. Between Ivy's tri-gate tech and AMDs new architecture I just cant settle with having one or the other, so I must have both.
 
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Good!!! glad to hear that from AMD
    
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post #15 of 48
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^ ha. AMD is hitting it big. More interesting then anything coming from Intel these days.
Are you telling me that a hardware breakthrough like the 3D tri-gate processors is less interesting than some Open Source adjustments to the BIOS?
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post #16 of 48
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Originally Posted by bad_haze View Post
How about putting enough memory on the cpu to store a whole operating system?
1. Price will be horrendous
2. In order to upgrade to more/faster/better ram, you'll need to buy a whole new CPU. Propriety stuff sucks.
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Okay, now the gap between Ivy Bridge and Bulldozer has widened. I don't know which one to get...TriGate or Coreboot? Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #18 of 48
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Okay, now the gap between Ivy Bridge and Bulldozer has widened. I don't know which one to get...TriGate or Coreboot? Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AMD doesn't have Intel's horrible business practice, and will actually support your socket for more than a year.
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post #19 of 48
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Originally Posted by Domino View Post
^ ha. AMD is hitting it big. More interesting then anything coming from Intel these days.
you should read the news from time to time.
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post #20 of 48
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Benefits

100% Free Software (GPL), no royalties, no license fees!
Fast boot times (3 seconds from power-on to Linux console)
Avoids the need for a slow, buggy, proprietary BIOS
Runs in 32-Bit protected mode almost from the start
Written in C, contains virtually no assembly code
Supports a wide variety of hardware and payloads
Further features: netboot, serial console, remote flashing, ...
Possible Advantages

Some BIOSes don't enable hardware virtualization features (AMD / Intel), thus you cannot use that feature of your hardware (e.g. for XEN, KVM, etc).
Some BIOSes don't enable HPET (can be used by Linux for enhanced power-saving features, e.g. on laptops), see linuxpowertop.org.
TPMs...
All of this is (or can be) fixed in coreboot, as it's open source. With a proprietary BIOS you're dependant on the good-will of the vendor to fix these issues.
coreboot features proprietary BIOSes usually lack

Boot from NAND Flash (and other nonstandard media), which most proprietary BIOSes don't support
Debugging output on the serial console
So this doesn't really affect the end user(me) really at all right?
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