Nordic Perl Workshop 2009

April 16-17 2009 Oslo, Norway

Coreboot: Beyond the Final Frontier (Peter Stuge)

By Go Open
Date: Friday, 17 April 2009 14:15
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English

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The BIOS and its successor EFI are considered by many to be the final frontier for open source software in commodity PCs. This talk describes the BIOS replacement coreboot and the projects surrounding it. The closed nature of traditional PC firmware is causing concern even on the government level, as awareness of BIOS malware risks is increasing. The presentation goes into technical detail about coreboot version 2 and the evolving version 3, takes a look at some supplementary tools such as buildrom, flashrom, msrtool and nvramtool and explores the options for so-called payloads which combine with coreboot to make up your firmware: FILO, EtherBoot, SeaBIOS, Memtest86, tint, Linux, coreinfo, bayou and libpayload with tinycurses, which can turn a simple application into an instant-on appliance. Finally there will be a demonstration of coreboot running on hardware.

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