[LinuxBIOS] [RFC] Call for Action: LinuxBIOS foundations

Robert Vogel vogel at ct.metrocast.net
Wed Aug 29 15:39:10 CEST 2007

If there are one million computers running LinuxBios, are they dedicated to 
server farms ?

...or can they be used as desktop machines ?

Who are the leading vendors of such machines ?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stefan Reinauer" <stepan at coresystems.de>
To: <echelon at free.fr>
Cc: <linuxbios at linuxbios.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 6:14 AM
Subject: Re: [LinuxBIOS] [RFC] Call for Action: LinuxBIOS foundations

>* echelon at free.fr <echelon at free.fr> [070829 11:39]:
>> Quoting Stefan Reinauer <stepan at coresystems.de>:
>> > I personally think we need to support more newer hardware in shorter
>> > time to gain the momentum so LinuxBIOS can become the default firmware
>> > on new mainboards that you buy. We can make this goal, and it has been
>> > done in some cases. It's just a long way, as it was for Linux, too.
>> That would be _REALLY_ great but is this realistic?..
> It is the only realistic scenario for LinuxBIOS becoming wide-spread
> and, no doubt, we have been pretty successful so far. More than one
> million computers out there are running LinuxBIOS. This is a far higher
> number than a usual charge of mainboards produced by a manufacturer in a
> series.
> Unlike Linux, LinuxBIOS can not be "just tried with a live CD" or
> something. So either it gets pre-installed or it will be something only
> technically skilled people will ever use.
>> Maybe this is sligtly off topic here (and a little bit paranoid..), but 
>> when one
>> consider the fact that "trusted computing" becomes more and more 
>> prevalent in
>> new systems (mandatory soon maybe?!), doesn't this outright kill the LB 
>> project?
> The opposite is the case. LinuxBIOS is the _only_ chance out there that
> allows controlling the restrictions. It does not restrict the vendor in
> controlling the "bootblock" -- Since there is no such thing as the
> bootblock in LinuxBIOSv2, I wonder what the technical meaning of that
> part of the specification is supposed to be.
> Stefan
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