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Updated versions of Retroboot can be found at retroboot.org. Announcements of new Retroboot releases can be found in the news section on the website.
Download the latest Retroboot release here
Release date: February 5th, 2021
Changes since last release:
moddep.lstgenerated by GNU GRUB when built as a coreboot payload. Notably, ZSTD and LUKS2 support have been added. Module also added allowing Dragonfly BSD installations to boot correctly when using GNU GRUB
Release date: January 6th, 2021.
Retroboot is a coreboot distribution that provides automated building of coreboot ROM images. Retroboot has its own build system named
rbmk (short for Retroboot Make) which:
In a nutshell, Retroboot aims to make coreboot easy to use, thus making Free Software at a low level more accessible to non-technical people. It provides many advantages such as faster boot speeds and better security (because it’s Free Software, the code can be audited). Retroboot provides many unique features that you can’t get elsewhere; refer to the documentation.
Changes in this release, versus the 20201228 release:
rbmkcommands. With this Makefile, Retroboot ROM images can be built more easily (just type
grub.cfgincluded, in ROM images that use the GNU GRUB payload. This improved payload (provided by swiftgeek from the Libreboot project) un-hardcodes a lot of functionality and improves the usability of it, especially on i945 targets such as X60/T60
gnulibsubmodule in GRUB is now set to an exact revision, by
rbmk. Previously, it was uncertain what revision would be used when downloading GRUB.
resources/blobs/) rather than copying them to each board directory in
This is a beta release, so you should not expect it to be stable or to work on your machine. Extensive testing is required!
NOTE: The build of Tianocore works on X230/X230/T420 but stalls on X200 so it is not supported there for now. Rbmk currently does not support compiling 32 bit Tianocore builds either, only 64-bit, so Tianocore support is excluded on X60/T60 targets.
Release date: December 28th, 2020.
Retroboot is a new coreboot distribution, forked from the Libreboot 20160907 build system. The purpose of Retroboot is to provide pre-compiled ROM images for any system that coreboot supports. Retroboot, based on coreboot, provides hardware initialization on supported x86 computers; it sets up the hardware and boots an operating system such as GNU+Linux, BSD and Windows.
This release, marked beta, released on 28 December 2020, supports the following machines:
NOTE: tested in this context means that the machine can be observed booting a Linux kernel. Also, Windows 10 was confirmed to boot on the X230 with Intel VGA ROM and SeaBIOS payload. (we recommend the use of free operating systems like GNU+Linux).
For documentation, refer to the accompnying source code release archive. Documentation is included in that archive. You can also refer to the documentation hosted directly at https://retroboot.org/ and this is more recommended due to it being more up to date.
This is a public beta release. The ROM images provided in this release are NOT guaranteed to boot correctly on your machine. If you install this, you should make sure that you have SPI flashing equipment (for flashing 25XX NOR flash) and, ideally, debugging equipment such as EHCI debug dongle.
Extensive testing is required for all of the ROMs in this release, so user testing is highly encouraged! The plan for Retroboot is to have long, long periods of testing releases, before versions are marked stable (similar to how the Debian project operates).
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