DeathPenguin writes "Google recently demonstrated an upcoming Chromebook at IDF which is getting closer to the ever-elusive promise of instant-on functionality. The video demonstrates amazingly fast ~5s cold boot to login prompt time using Coreboot, a fully open-source x86 firmware implementation, without using suspend or hibernate tricks. The Coreboot portion takes roughly 650ms, the remainder is Linux kernel, system services, and X. Additionally, all stages of boot are verified for integrity to prevent malware and rollback attacks.
This follows the check-in of thousands of lines of Intel Sandy Bridge and and Panther Point support code to the Coreboot code repository."
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