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> Coreboot's FlashRom 0.9, for Linux, FreeBSD and MacOSX
post May 6 2009, 09:10 AM
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Official announcement:

2009/05/04 flashrom 0.9.0 has been released

After nine years of development and constant improvement, we have added support for every BIOS flash ROM technology present on x86 mainboards and every flash ROM chip we ever saw in the wild.

Highlights of flashrom include:

* Parallel, LPC, FWH and SPI flash interfaces.
* 157 flash chip families and half a dozen variants of each family.
* Flash chip package agnostic. DIP32, PLCC32, DIP8, SO8/SOIC8, TSOP32, TSOP40 and more have all been verified to work.
* 75 different chipsets, some with multiple flash controllers.
* Special mainboard enabling code for dozens of nonstandard mainboards.
* No physical access needed, root access is sufficient.
* No bootable floppy disk, bootable CD-ROM or other media needed.
* No keyboard or monitor needed. Simply reflash remotely via SSH.
* No instant reboot needed. Reflash your ROM in a running system, verify it, be happy. The new firmware will be present next time you boot.
* Crossflashing and hotflashing is possible as long as the flash chips are electrically and logically compatible (same protocol). Great for recovery.
* Scriptability. Reflash a whole pool of identical machines at the same time from the command line. It is recommended to check flashrom output and error codes.
* Speed. flashrom is much faster than vendor flash tools.
* Supports Linux, FreeBSD, DragonFly BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X. Please refer to the README for build instructions.

Thanks go to everyone who contributed to flashrom over the years and especially to Li-Ta Lo for starting this project.

The release announcement can be found at
post May 6 2009, 12:00 PM
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I keep having this wierd dream where XPC gets turned into a coreboot module with all the goodies from chameleon2 and we re-invent EFI for BIOS machines.. maybe I should get out more..
This Time We're Doing it RIGHT

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