GNU Libreboot is a free BIOS or UEFI replacement (free as in freedom); libre boot firmware that initializes the hardware and starts a bootloader for your operating system. It's also an open source BIOS, but open source fails to promote freedom; please call libreboot free software. Since 14 May 2016, Libreboot is part of the GNU project.
Libreboot originally began during December 2013, as a commercial effort by the Ministry of Freedom to achieve RYF endorsement for a modified ThinkPad X60 (the first system to ever be added to libreboot).
Back then, the name libreboot didn't exist; the project was nameless, referring to itself as a deblobbed version of coreboot. The project named itself libreboot at some point during early 2014, and has since rapidly expanded to support more hardware and become more user-friendly.
Libreboot is a coreboot distribution (distro) with proprietary software removed, intended to be a free (libre) 'BIOS' replacement for your computer. The project is aimed at users, attempting to make coreboot as easy to use as possible. Read the full Free Software definition.
Libreboot has many practical advantages over proprietary boot firmware, such as faster boot speeds and better security. You can install GNU/Linux with encrypted /boot/, verify GPG signatures on your kernel, put a kernel in the flash chip and more.
Libreboot is not a fork of coreboot. Every so often, the project re-bases on the latest version of coreboot, with the number of custom patches in use minimized.
All new coreboot development should be done in coreboot (upstream), not libreboot! Libreboot is about deblobbing and packaging coreboot in a user-friendly way, where most work is already done for the user.
For example, if you wanted to add a new board to libreboot, you should add it to coreboot first. Libreboot will automatically receive your code at a later date, when it updates itself.
The deblobbed coreboot tree used in libreboot is referred to as coreboot-libre, to distinguish it as a component of libreboot.
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