[coreboot] Interesting (part of) article.
jordan at cosmicpenguin.net
Wed Dec 10 17:33:30 CET 2008
Tiago Marques wrote:
> Probably, almost surely, most of the manufacturers never heard of Coreboot
> or, if they did, don't know the current state of the project and if they can
> use it or not.
> I think that *pushing Coreboot as a plus for the enthusiast* would be
> something to look into. Hardware enthusiasts are tweakers and, as such, like
> to tweak, what better than offer them open-source code? It may not appeal to
> all but it may for some. If manufacturers like the idea, than they'll
> probably look into it.
Coreboot is in a difficult position - because in order to turn it into a
plus for the enthusiast, we need the vendors. Unlike 99% of open source
projects, the success of coreboot is directly dependent on the
individual motherboard vendors. If I have a random x86 based
motherboard, then there is a better the likely chance that Linux will
run on it, albeit with legacy drivers. But if I have a random x86 based
motherboard, then there is no chance that it will work with coreboot,
unless the coreboot code specifically supports the *exact* same model.
Linux and other open source projects started life as an alternative -
most of the successful ones are alternatives that could be developed
and dropped in by the regular Joe. Coreboot cannot be dropped in by the
regular Joe - we need vendor support - without it, this project is
relegated to qemu.
Marketing ourselves to enthusiasts only works if we support the same
sort of hardware the enthusiasts use - and for the most part, we don't.
If you want to hack on a VIA or a Geode, then for sure - come see us,
but not many Geode users read Anandtech.
This is only my opinion, so take it as you will, but I think that the
only path to success is through the vendors first, and the end users second.
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