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   2coreboot README
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   5coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary
   6BIOS you can find in most of today's computers.
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   8It performs just a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes
   9one of many possible payloads, e.g. a Linux kernel or a bootloader.
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  12Payloads
  13--------
  14
  15After the basic initialization of the hardware has been performed, any
  16desired "payload" can be started by coreboot.
  17
  18See http://www.coreboot.org/Payloads for a list of supported payloads.
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  21Supported Hardware
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  24coreboot supports a wide range of chipsets, devices, and mainboards.
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  26For details please consult:
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  28 * http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards
  29 * http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Chipsets_and_Devices
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  32Build Requirements
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  34
  35 * gcc / g++
  36 * make
  37 * python
  38 * perl
  39
  40Optional:
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  42 * doxygen (for generating/viewing documentation)
  43 * iasl (for targets with ACPI support)
  44 * gdb (for better debugging facilities on some targets)
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  46
  47Building coreboot
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  49
  50Please consult http://www.coreboot.org/Documentation for details.
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  52
  53Testing coreboot Without Modifying Your Hardware
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  55
  56If you want to test coreboot without any risks before you really decide
  57to use it on your hardware, you can use the QEMU system emulator to run
  58coreboot virtually in QEMU.
  59
  60Please see http://www.coreboot.org/QEMU for details.
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  62
  63Website and Mailing List
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  66Further details on the project, a FAQ, many HOWTOs, news, development
  67guidelines and more can be found on the coreboot website:
  68
  69  http://www.coreboot.org
  70
  71You can contact us directly on the coreboot mailing list:
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  73  http://www.coreboot.org/Mailinglist
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  75
  76Copyright and License
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  78
  79The copyright on coreboot is owned by quite a large number of individual
  80developers and companies. Please check the individual source files for details.
  81
  82coreboot is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  83Some files are licensed under the "GPL (version 2, or any later version)",
  84and some files (mostly those derived from the Linux kernel) are licensed under
  85the "GPL, version 2". For some parts, which were derived from other projects,
  86other (GPL-compatible) licenses may apply. Please check the individual
  87source files for details.
  88
  89This makes the resulting coreboot images licensed under the GPL, version 2.
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