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    Post First desktop motherboard supported by LinuxBIOS: GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4

    The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 [1] is the first-ever desktop motherboard
    supported by a Free & Open Source BIOS, thanks to AMD engineer Yinghai
    Lu who released GPL-licensed code last month. This state-of-the-art
    motherboard is based on the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset and AMD's
    latest Socket AM2. It contains tons of advanced features such as:

    Support for AMD Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 processors
    2X PCI Express x16 slots
    3X PCI Express x1 slots
    2X PCI slots
    3X 1394a (FireWire) ports
    10X USB 2.0
    16GB maximum memory
    6X SATA 3Gb/s slots.

    This motherboard can be obtained today from many retail and online
    stores [2] and the source code for the BIOS can be downloaded from the
    LinuxBIOS SVN server [3].

    This is a huge victory in the quest for a completely Free & Open
    Source general-purpose computer that enables users to have full
    control over their own hardware. The Free Software Foundation has made
    the campaign for a Free BIOS a top priority because it is a key
    component in the software stack of personal computers [4]. The need
    for a Free BIOS is even more pressing since DRM and Treacherous
    Computing have found their way into some proprietary BIOSes and EFI.
    From a practical perspective, LinuxBIOS removes the need for ugly
    hacks and workarounds in the kernel that compensate for buggy BIOSes –
    we can now fix the BIOS ourselves.

    I encourage everyone upgrading their desktop computers to consider
    getting this motherboard or another one that is supported by

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    Rage is the freedom left Z_Dash's Avatar
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    Bukit Batok
    Hurray to Open Source!
    Macbook Lion | X32 Crunchbang Linux | EeePC 900 Ubuntu | Core i5-3450 Desktop Win7 | iPad 2 | iPod Touch 4G | Samsung Galaxy S2

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    Aperture Science lennardseah's Avatar
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    i can always remember long long ago i bad flashed one motherboard and it went smoking

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    Banned ktk's Avatar
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    runs both linux and Vista ^^

    in different aspects of cuz.

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    16GB maximum memory .... ownage