Google Summer of Code and LinuxBIOS

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We're happy to announce that the LinuxBIOS project will have the possibility to take part in this year's Google Summer of Code™ (GSoC) program. coresystems GmbH was accepted as a mentoring organization for the GSoC and will mentor all LinuxBIOS-related projects.

There is a GSoC page in the LinuxBIOS wiki which collects a few ideas for student projects, among others:

  • Booting Windows and other Operating Systems in LinuxBIOS
  • Port Grub2 to work in LinuxBIOS
  • SCSI booting in LinuxBIOS
  • CMOS Config / Device Tree Browser Payload
  • LinuxBIOS graphical port creator
  • Open Firmware payload for LinuxBIOS
  • GNUFI or TianoCore payloads
  • Boot OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD or other free OSes
  • Improve Linux as a BIOS

Feel free to post more ideas and wishlist items to the LinuxBIOS mailing list.

If you're interested in applying for a project, you need to hurry up. The deadline is March 24, 2007!

GNUFI - The GNU Firmware Implementation

Johan Rydberg has recently announced his Free Software (GPL) firmware implementation named GNUFI.

GNUFI is designed to be a firmware compatible with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification.

GNUFI is designed so that it can be adopted to different runtime environments; such as a legacy BIOS or U-boot environment, or as a LinuxBIOS payload.

At this point there has not been any official release of GNUFI. The version controlled source repository can be accessed using Bazaar:

bzr branch

If you're interested in early testing and/or helping with development also checkout the wiki / bug tracker and the mailing list.

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