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Name: GNU Boot
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This software is part of the GNU Project.

GNU Boot is a GNU project and a
boot firmware that initializes the hardware (e.g.
memory controller, CPU, peripherals) in your computer so that software can run.
GNU Boot then starts a bootloader to load your operating system. It replaces the
proprietary BIOS/UEFI firmware typically found on a computer. GNU Boot is
compatible with specific computer models that use the Intel/AMD x86
architecture. GNU Boot works well with GNU+Linux and BSD
operating systems.

GNU Boot uses coreboot for hardware initialization.
However, coreboot is notoriously difficult to compile and install for most
non-technical users. There are many complicated configuration steps required,
and coreboot by itself is useless; coreboot only handles basic hardware
initialization, and then jumps to a separate payload program. The payload
program can be anything, for example a Linux kernel, bootloader (such as
GNU GRUB), UEFI implementation (such as Tianocore) or BIOS implementation
(such as SeaBIOS). While not quite as complicated as building a GNU+Linux
distribution from scratch, it may aswell be as far as most non-technical users
are concerned.

GNU Boot solves this problem :
GNU Boot is a coreboot distribution much like Debian is a *GNU+Linux
distribution*. GNU Boot provides an automated build system that downloads,
patches (where necessary) and compiles coreboot, GNU GRUB, various payloads and
all other software components needed to build a complete, working ROM image
that you can install to replace your current BIOS/UEFI firmware, much like a
GNU+Linux distribution (e.g. Debian) provides an ISO image that you can use to
replace your current operating system (e.g. Windows).

Registration Date: Sun 11 Jun 2023 12:14:23 PM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: 2 - Pre-Alpha


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Testers needed for GNU Boot 0.1 RC1
     posted by neox, Fri 08 Sep 2023 09:09:59 PM UTC


GNU Boot has published its first release candidate, and we need help
for testing, at first from people who are able to recover from
computers that don't boot anymore.

This is because, while we have very minimal changes on top of the code [...]

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