Since the "World's First Motherboard Using LinuxBIOS Released" hype at the beginning of this year (which was incorrect btw; it was not the first supported desktop board, there were many others before), LinuxBIOS hasn't been in the news very much. That doesn't mean that there was no progress, however. We've been working hard behind the scenes to improve the LinuxBIOS code, add support for new chipsets and boards, and advance the upcoming next-generation LinuxBIOSv3 version which will brings lots of great improvements in various areas.
Here's a random collection of stuff that happened in the last few months.
- AMD K8 / NVIDIA MCP55, contributed by Yinghai Lu of AMD
- VIA VT82C686A/B southbridge, contributed by Corey Osgood
- AMD Geode LX / CS5536, contributed by Marc Jones and Jordan Crouse of AMD
- Intel 810 northbridge, contributed by Corey Osgood
- AMD K8 / VIA K8T890 / VT8237R, contributed by Rudolf Marek / Corey Osgood
- AMD K8 / SiS761GX / SiS966(L), contributed by Morgan Tsai of SiS
- Sun Ultra40, contributed by Ronald G. Minnich (LinuxBIOS project founder)
- K9SD Master-S2R (MS-9185), contributed by Bingxun Shi of MSI
- K9SD Master Series (MS-9282), contributed by Bingxun Shi of MSI
- GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4, contributed by Yinghai Lu of AMD
- NVIDIA l1_2pvv, contributed by Yinghai Lu of AMD
- Supermicro H8DMR, contributed by Yinghai Lu of AMD
- Tyan S2912, contributed by Yinghai Lu of AMD
- Tyan S1846, contributed by myself
- AMD Norwich (AMD Geode LX reference platform), contributed by Marc Jones and Jordan Crouse of AMD
- IGEL Winnet III thin client, contributed by myself
- ASUS A8N-E, contributed by Phillip Degler
- IEI JUKI-511P, contributed by Nikolay Petukhov
- IEI ROCKY-512, contributed by Nikolay Petukhov
- AMD DB800 (a.k.a. Salsa), contributed by Marc Jones and Jordan Crouse of AMD
- ASUS MEW-VM, contributed by Corey Osgood
- Artec Group DBE61, contributed by Marc Jones and Jordan Crouse of AMD
- PC Engines ALIX.1C, contributed by Ronald G. Minnich
- MSI MS-6178, contributed by myself
- MSI MS-7260 (K9N Neo), contributed by myself
- IGEL-316 thin client, contributed by Jürgen Beisert
- AXUS TC320 thin client, contributed by Jürgen Beisert
- GIGABYTE GA-2761GXDK (Churchill), contributed by Morgan Tsai of SiS
- And a bunch of older Intel 440BX based boards, contributed by myself with some help by testers via IRC: ASUS P2B/P2B-F/P3B-F, A-Trend ATC-6220, AZZA PT-6IBD, Biostar M6TBA, Compaq Deskpro EN SFF P600, GIGABYTE GA-6BXC
- ASUS A8V-E SE, contributed by Rudolf Marek
Note that not all of these may be 100% supported, some may still be work in progress with some TODO items left... Check the LinuxBIOS wiki or ask on the mailing list for details.
Most work will probably go into LinuxBIOSv3 in the future, in order to make it suitable for productive use.
Of course, work on new chipsets and boards will continue, too. For example the VIA CN700 chipset (plus Jetway J7F2WE board using it) is being worked on right now, probably also several others I don't know about.
Call for board testers
If you're interesting in trying out LinuxBIOS, please check the list of supported motherboards. If your board is not listed there, but the chipset is already supported we can probably add support for your board relatively easy with some testing help from you.
Please contact us on IRC or preferrably on the mailing list if you want to help get your board supported!
An (incomplete) list of good candidate boards for future support is available in the wiki.
We're very grateful for the many contributors who have helped us with testing and fixing existing code, or who even contributed code for new chipsets and motherboards. Thanks a lot!
Many thanks especially to all hardware vendors who have been supporting us or even actively contributed by submitting code for their chipsets or boards (recently or in the past), including AMD, SiS, VIA, MSI, Tyan, Artec Group, and many others. Your efforts are very appreciated. Thanks!