Dell: Support Open BIOSes for Linux

October 10, 2007

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An Open BIOS for Linux would free it from the DOS legacy code and speed boot times.

The current BIOS is a legacy throwback... it's time to replace it!

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Our current priority is to expand Linux availability by bringing more platforms and languages to market. Read what daniel_j has to say.


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  • Mar 18, 2008     Comment Link

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    Changed status to **REVIEWED**.
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  • Mar 18, 2008     Comment Link

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    Dell has prioritized expanding Linux availability by bringing more platforms and languages to market. Right now we do not plan to develop or support an Open Bios. But, as Linux adoption grows, we will continue to review the opportunities to do this in the future. Thanks for your idea! Daniel Dell OS Strategic Planning
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  • Feb 28, 2008     Comment Link

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    I agree with this idea of having the option to use an open BIOS. While I don't usually think about the BIOS while interacting with my computer, knowing that the BIOS is open and accessible to end user review and enhancement would make me feel better knowing that the keys to the (my) computer are not in the hands of a corporation.
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  • Nov 28, 2007     Comment Link

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    In a sense dpic is right. Once you've used Linux for even a short while and you see what can be done with Compiz-Fusion or you see the range and depth of quality software that is available for free then the IBM style PC loaded with a hugely obese Windows installation no longer makes sense. If modern OSs don't need the legacey DOS features BIOSs support then we should do away with them.
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  • Nov 28, 2007     Comment Link

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    That's because you don't use linux. Please understand that a lot of people are switching and that just because you don't need it, doesn't mean that more and more people do.
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  • Nov 28, 2007     Comment Link

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    aikiwolfie: "This is another example of how Dell needs to break the mould of PC design and yet another request not just for Linux but for Linux built directly into the machine." I see no reason why Dell needs to "break the mould" of PC design.
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  • Nov 28, 2007     Comment Link

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    But then phubert, you said "it's time to replace it" and doesn't that mean "eliminate proprietary BIOSes completely and no longer allow any customers to get them"? I think that customers should be given the OPTION to choose between proprietary and open BIOSes, like this: Select your BIOS Proprietary Open But then instead of "it's time to replace it" it would be more precise to say "it's time to ADD the CHOICE of open BIOSES". But "replace" usually means "eliminate the old and introduce the new". But I do not want the "old" (proprietary) to be eliminated.
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  • Nov 26, 2007     Comment Link

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    but winoffice, didn't I say "for Linux"????? Open BIOS of course means the BIOS would not be _proprietary_ so the SOURCE would be available, with potential for enhancements, options, innovation...
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  • Nov 23, 2007     Comment Link

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    What are you saying phubert...I like the BIOSes as they are now.
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  • Nov 15, 2007     Comment Link

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    @john_h - no, THANK YOU for THIS response. I'm afraid I -tend- to be far more philosophical than practical, but -philosophy- provides the -foundation- for our actions. So, I really DO appreciate that there is a great deal Dell, or any other company, is not ABLE to share. Your participation in our dialogue, however, is extremely valuable. You must understand that some of the simplest things may turn out to have the greatest effect and truly unexpected results. I know I probably sound like some 'head in the clouds' crackpot visionary...

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