Open-source coreboot BIOS now working on a new retail Intel Alder Lake motherboard

Dear friends, I’m happy to tell you that our 3mdeb company (a prominent contributor to the world of opensource firmwares) - has successfully ported an opensource coreboot BIOS to MSI PRO Z690-A WiFi DDR4 motherboard! :cowboy_hat_face: Although at the moment not everything is working (i.e. no sound yet) - we already got Ubuntu Linux booting and it’s just a matter of time before the remaining problems get fixed.

Opensource coreboot BIOS already supports quite a lot of devices - ranging from the laptops to workstations & servers - and I’m sure that there you can find a great board for your needs, considering your personal “freedom-security/performance” balance:

  • either without the Intel ME / AMD PSP creepy “co-processors” and with a minimal amount of closed-source binary blobs (or none at all: such devices have been designated into the libreboot project) ,
  • or with a few issues - i.e. with ME (could be me_cleaner’d in attempt to deactivate it) and some binary blobs - but a more modern & powerful hardware that’s still supported by coreboot (which delivers the security, quality, features and almost-lifetime firmware updates not available with the proprietary BIOSes).

However: usually by the time a coreboot port gets done for some particular board it’s already long gone from a market, and the fans of opensource secure firmwares have to search for the used devices. And even when a coreboot is generously provided by a board’s manufacturer “out-of-the-box”, such hardware usually goes for a premium price because of small-scale production and has a limited availability.

Behold a truly unique case, where - despite the technical hardships related to the “closeness” of modern x86 hardware - coreboot has been successfully ported to a popular mass-produced board that’s still widely available! :sunglasses:

P.S. If you’d like more info - here’s a Phoronix article and also a homepage of this motherboard’s coreboot port. + Make sure to subscribe to vPub newsletter to get notified about our next vPub online party - a great place for talking about the opensource firmwares & open hardwares and just having fun :upside_down_face:


CC @Dynamic_Gravity @wendell @regulareel @Mastic_Warrior and @SgtAwesomesauce : I’m sure you’ll find this interesting :wink:


@mike_banon Most definitely interesting. bravo to the team and it is awesome that this is getting some coverage from Michael at Phoronix. This is a total win for the F/LOSS community!


Truly impressive! We appreciate the efforts of your team in making computing more secure and sane.