The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 is the first-ever desktop motherboard supported by a Free & Open Source BIOS, thanks to AMD engineer Yinghai Lu who released GPL-licensed code last month. This state-of-the-art motherboard is based on the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset and AMD's latest Socket AM2.
As mentioned in the article, this really is a huge step forward in the quest for a "completely Free & Open Source general-purpose computer that enables users to have full control over their own hardware." You can read more about the motherboard @ gmane.linux.kernel
. For those interested in the board, you can check it out @ Newegg
! Here are some quick specs on the board:
- Support for AMD Athlon (Socket AM2) 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, and Athlon 64 processors
- 2X PCI Express x16 slots
- 3X PCI Express x1 slots
- 2X PCI slots
- 3X 1394a (FireWire) ports
- 10X USB 2.0
- 16GB maximum memory
- SATA RAID
- 6X SATA 3Gb/s slots.