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Theme fund: NGI0 PET
Start: 2022-06
End: 2022-10
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Alder Lake Desktop

Open firmware for widely used Desktop/Workstation motherboard

Modern firmwares are extremely complex pieces of software code. As such, it is not uncommon for some functionality to be bugged or to not be working as intended. Sometimes firmware updates break things that used to work, too. The first course of action is to request the mainboard manufacturer to resolve it, and typically the support team delivers a binary with a fix. However, when it comes to feature requests in the firmware, the manufacturers refuse to comply. The mainboard owner ends up with a piece of hardware not fulfilling the owner's needs and has to move to a different platform that is hopefully equipped with firmware containing the desired feature. However, this problem can be solved by offering freedom to the board owners. The freedom to modify and adapt the firmware to their own needs, what can be accomplished by open-source firmware.

The goal of the project is to implement open-source firmware support for the MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 workstation/desktop platform and open the door to liberty of customization. MSI PRO Z690-A supports the newest 12th generation of Intel Core processors. Furthermore, there will be no dependency on the mainboard manufacturer to provide fixes, because an experienced community could do them for a worldwide benefit.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 PET Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 825310.