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The early years — flash updates with linux

Formerly OpenBIOS provided its own flashing facility implemented as a device driver called /dev/bios. One big disadvantage of /dev/bios was that it needed to be recompiled for every minor kernel update.

Ollie Lho, back when working at SIS, started a new effort which he called flash_and_burn. This utility became part of the coreboot project and evolved to work with non-SIS chipsets.

Stefan Reinauer added a lot of new features to Ollie's utility and renamed it to flashrom. This utility still lacked some features the old /dev/bios driver was having, but it could easily be used from userspace without recompiling the kernel.

Becoming a widely used user-space flash utility

  • carldani
  • own homepage
  • releases
  • chromiumos fork

Continuous efforts

  • stefanct
  • most important changes...?
  • logo
  • git