THE Coreboot, formerly known as LinuxBIOS, a project that started in mid-1999 in the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. Aiming to be a free alternative to proprietary firmware (BIOS or UEFI) available on most computers. Giants like Google have already given some support to the project over the years. Interestingly Chromebooks also run free firmware. The Linux PC maker and developer of the famous operating system Pop!, now offers two models of laptops with Coreboot, instead of BIOS / UEFI. At the end of this month the company will start shipping the Galago Pro and Darter Pro models with their open source firmware developed with Coreboot. This news demonstrates the company's commitment not only to offer systems, and even open hardware, but a whole set. Obviously its hardware was launched last year, a computer called Thelio, open to where it is currently possible. If you want more information about this computer, go to Jason Gospel's excellent story at Forbes.
OK! But what is the difference between Coreboot and a proprietary firmware?
In addition to all the advantages that open source software can offer, Coreboot turns out to be leaner and according to System76, it is able to boot up to 29% faster compared to proprietary firmware. This is due to not having unnecessary features or not running in the background, resulting in a less vulnerable system and faster boot process.
Open source firmware was the last spark driving our journey towards creating totally free and open technology. Like the universe, we are always expanding into an open source future with continuous progress in hardware, software and firmware, and we are excited to see where our journey takes us., complements the System76 spokesman.
Some questions related to Coreboot were asked for System76. Don watkins, from the website OpenSource, asked if Coreboot would be launched on other machines of the company, which got the following answer: Yes. In the long run, System76 will be working to open every aspect of our Open computer. Thelio Io, the Thelio Desktop controller card, an open hardware with open firmware. This is a long journey but we are gaining speed. It is less than a year since our open hardware Thelio desktop was launched and we are now producing two laptops with System76 Open Firmware..
In Matter at Forbes, Jason Gospel, asked if users who own branded equipment could install Coreboot on their machines, the answer was: Currently, open firmware will only be available on the new Galago (galp4) and Darter Pro (darp6). System76 is studying the ability to bring open firmware to our previous models, but we don't know when or if this happens. If available, our customers will receive a firmware update using our firmware manager..
Information about Darter Pro and Galago Pro
Both laptops can be equipped with 10-generation Intel CPUs (specifically the i5-10210U and i7-10510U models), both have matte, non-reflective IPS Full HD displays.
The Galago Pro is the cheapest model, starting at $ 949 (in direct conversion, about $ 3,900). With an aluminum chassis, multiple connectivity options, such as HDMI, DisplayPort and a Thunderbolt input. The laptop can be configured with up to 32 GB of RAM and up to 6 TB of storage.
Darter Pro can be purchased with 32 GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage, as well as a battery management and usability around 10 hours of work.
System76 has been demonstrating extreme competence in offering its products with Linux, a pity the company does not operate in Brazil.
And you, would you like to be able to use computers with an open firmware like Coreboot? Or maybe an adoption by the manufacturers of the market.
Until the next post, success to this endeavor of System76, SYSTEMATICALLY!
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