Libreboot 20230413 released!

Leah Rowe

13 April 2023

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Article published by: Leah Rowe

Date of publication: 13 April 2023



Libreboot provides boot firmware for supported x86/ARM machines, starting a bootloader that then loads your operating system. It replaces proprietary BIOS/UEFI firmware on x86 machines, and provides an improved configuration on ARM-based chromebooks supported (U-Boot bootloader, instead of Google’s depthcharge bootloader). On x86 machines, the GRUB and SeaBIOS coreboot payloads are officially supported, provided in varying configurations per machine. It provides an automated build system for the configuration and installation of coreboot ROM images, making coreboot easier to use for non-technical people. You can find the list of supported hardware in the Libreboot documentation.

The last Libreboot release, version 20230319, was released on 19 March in 2023. This new release, Libreboot 20230413, is released today on April 13th, 2023.

This is marked as a testing release, though it is basically stable. It is a bugfix release, relative to Libreboot 20230319. In addition to this, massive code cleanup has been performed on parts of the build system.

The priority of this release has been build system fixes/improvements. For the time being, no more code changes will be made unless needed, in coreboot, for existing supported hardware; the focus is going to be on adding more boards to Libreboot, to support more hardware. I’ve been on a spree, buying lots of mainboards that coreboot supports, that would be interesting in Libreboot.

Build from source

This release was build-tested on Debian Sid, as of 13 April 2023. Your mileage may vary, with other distros. Refer to Libreboot documentation.

KCMA-D8 and KGPE-D16 wanted!

ASUS KGPE-D16 and KCMA-D8 needed for testing!

These boards still haven’t made it back to Libreboot, but I wish to re-add them in a future release. If you can give/loan me a fully assembled workstation with one (or both) of these, I would appreciate it. Please get in touch!

Work done since last release

For more detailed change logs, look at the Git repository. This is a summary of changes.

Summary of changes:

Zero code changes within coreboot on any boards, but the build system went through a mild overhaul:

MRC W541/T440p ROM images re-added

As alluded to and applied by the above text, T440p/W541 thinkpad images that use mrc.bin have been re-added. Libreboot supports experimental raminit on these boards, where the MRC file is not required, but it also provides ones that use it, so that users can choose which one they want.

More information this is available, in the previous Libreboot 20230319 release announcement.

Detailed descriptions of changes


Hardware supported in this release

All of the following are believed to boot, but if you have any issues, please contact the Libreboot project. They are:

Desktops (AMD, Intel, x86)

Laptops (Intel, x86)

Laptops (ARM, with U-Boot payload)


You can find this release on the downloads page. At the time of this announcement, some of the rsync mirrors may not have it yet, so please check another one if your favourite one doesn’t have it.

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