Re: First desktop motherboard supported by LinuxBIOS: GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4

From: Brandon Howard
Date: Wed Feb 21 2007 - 20:04:50 EST

Oops, forgot to include the relevant links in the previous email:


--- Brandon Howard <brandon_waldgrave@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 [1] is the first-ever desktop motherboard
> supported by a Free & Open Source BIOS, thanks to AMD engineer
> Yinghai
> Lu who released GPL-licensed code last month. This state-of-the-art
> motherboard is based on the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset and AMD's
> latest Socket AM2. It contains tons of advanced features such as:
> Support for AMD Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 processors
> 2X PCI Express x16 slots
> 3X PCI Express x1 slots
> 2X PCI slots
> 3X 1394a (FireWire) ports
> 10X USB 2.0
> 16GB maximum memory
> 6X SATA 3Gb/s slots.
> This motherboard can be obtained today from many retail and online
> stores [2] and the source code for the BIOS can be downloaded from
> the
> LinuxBIOS SVN server [3].
> This is a huge victory in the quest for a completely Free & Open
> Source general-purpose computer that enables users to have full
> control over their own hardware. The Free Software Foundation has
> made
> the campaign for a Free BIOS a top priority because it is a key
> component in the software stack of personal computers [4]. The need
> for a Free BIOS is even more pressing since DRM and Treacherous
> Computing have found their way into some proprietary BIOSes and EFI.
> From a practical perspective, LinuxBIOS removes the need for ugly
> hacks and workarounds in the kernel that compensate for buggy BIOSes
> ?
> we can now fix the BIOS ourselves.
> I encourage everyone upgrading their desktop computers to consider
> getting this motherboard or another one that is supported by
> LinuxBIOS.
> -Brandon

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