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Open Firmware Companies/Vendor support

Open Firmware Documentation


Stack Machines


Flashing on Linux Systems

  • MTD - Memory Technology Device Subsystem for Linux
  • /dev/bios - Flash ROM driver for Linux (for flashing System and PCI adapter firmware) (obsolete)
  • Uniflash (nonlinux)
  • flashrom (LinuxBIOS)

Other Open Source Firmware Implementations

  • LinuxBIOS - The LinuxBIOS project bootstraps systems to the point where they can run an OS kernel or any other application or bootloader from flash.
  • TIARA - TIARA, an Openbios/GRUB/PFORTH composite, BIOS replacement (dead?)
  • Proll - Proll is a firmware replacement for SUN JavaStations to boot Linux
  • redboot
  • SLOF
  • Open Hackware
  • SUN OpenBoot
  • GBIOS - GBIOS is a GPLed firmware for PowerPC G3/G4 and some Motorola cpus. (dead?)
  • ...

Virtual Machines and Emulation

  • QEMU
  • XEN
  • Bochs - portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator
  • DOSemu - DOS Emulation for Linux
  • Plex86 - extensible open source PC virtualization software