[SeaBIOS] [ANNOUNCE] Seabios 0.5.0

Kevin O'Connor kevin at koconnor.net
Sat Dec 19 04:54:27 CET 2009

SeaBIOS 0.5.0 has just been tagged.

This release synchs the SeaBIOS tip with qemu in preparation for the
qemu-0.12.0 release.

The main SeaBIOS repo is available with:

git clone git://git.linuxtogo.org/home/kevin/seabios.git

Precompiled binaries and source packages are also available at:


Major changes since the last release (0.4.3):

* Import of many features needed by kvm and qemu.

* The default is now to extract option roms from PCI and from qemu
  fw_cfg interface.  Users of bochs and earlier versions of qemu must
  now set CONFIG_OPTIONROMS_DEPLOYED=1 in src/config.h.

* The bios can now be larger than 64K.  (If the bios is over 64K, it
  will extend into the e-segment.)

* Support for "threading" of hardware initialization which can speed
  up boot times when seabios is used with coreboot.

* Initial support for USB keyboards.

* Lots of bug fixes and code cleanups.


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