NEW BOARDS: Dell OptiPlex 7020 9020 SFF/MT, HP EliteBook 8560w and more Dell Latitudes

Leah Rowe

21 February 2024

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Article published by: Leah Rowe

Date of publication: 21 February 2024

Libreboot is a free/open source BIOS/UEFI replacement, providing boot firmware that initialises the hardware in your computer, to then load an operating system (e.g. Linux/BSD). It provides many additional benefits such as fast boot speeds, greater security and greater customisation, but the primary benefit is software freedom.

Libreboot has had a slew of new mainboards added recently. The work doesn’t stop. Many more will be added, for the next Libreboot release.

The boards are:

Dell OptiPlex 7020 and 9020 (MT and SFF)

See: Dell OptiPlex 9020 SFF/MT (and 7020)

This is a highly performant Haswell board, with plenty of expansion and upgrade options available. Notably, it is a desktop computer, available as SFF (similar to ITX) and MT (ATX) variants.

It is also also sold with Libreboot preinstalled; I sell these machines preinstalled, aswell as several others, to raise funds for the Libreboot project. Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the Libreboot project. I added this myself recently, based on patches from coreboot Gerrit.

HP EliteBook 8560w

Riku Viitanen added this recently. See: HP EliteBook 8560w.

Of note: this board uses an MXM graphics card, which you can upgrade. Riku added support for loading MXM configuration via INT15H interrupt in SeaBIOS, and he wrote a tool (mxmdump) that can extract the config.

As per MXM specs, the MXM config may be hardwired in a ROM on the i2c bus, and we don’t need to do anything there except load the VGA option ROM from SeaBIOS. However, on these EliteBooks, it must be provided in the boot flash.

A lot more Dell Latitudes

Nicholas Chin recently added these Dell Latitudes (of Sandybridge and Ivybridge platforms) to Libreboot:

These are flashable via the usual method, same as E6400 and E6430.

I’m extremely happy with this great progress. These and more will be available in the next Libreboot release, but if you want to use them now, you can build Libreboot from source and install them using the available flashing instructions.


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