Intel on UDK2015

UDK2015 was released the other day. There is a new blog post from Briand Richardson of Intel on usage of the UDK, and the main download page on the wiki has been updated to support it:

Intel/UA/Turner 2016 TV: America’s Greatest Makers

As mentioned by Brian Richardson, Intel is teaming with United Artists Media Group to do a Maker-centric TV show. The ‘casting call’ is open.

Intel, United Artists Media Group, and Turner Broadcasting System are bringing a national makers’ challenge to television in 2016. “America’s Greatest Makers (working title) is coming to television in 2016. Are you ready to build the next truly amazing device? Bring your big ideas to life with Intel, in collaboration with United Artists Media Group, and Turner Broadcasting System. Competitors will vie for $1 million in prizes and the opportunity to bring their creations to market.”

Full announcement:

I hope some Open Hardware and Free Hardware people turn out for the casting call. I hope some employees from Bunnie Studios, Purism, Inverse Path, and FSF, and some students at USB (RISC-V) and Wisconsin (MIAOW GPU) consider trying out. It appears participants must be US citizens 15 years or older, with max of 4 people per team.

Since it’s just a working title, I think they should rename it to be “Greatest American Makers”. I’m running late today, so please Insert your own “Greatest American Hero” TV joke here. 🙂

Intel update on Debian and UEFI

Yesterday Brian Richardson of Intel UEFI posted a new blog entry on 32-bit UEFI and Linux support, with specific information about Debian.  It was NICE to see the Debian swirl as the icon on an blog post! 🙂 I am sometimes concerned that UEFI Forum and Intel only think about UEFI Forum-member Linux OSVs (Canonical, RedHat, SuSE) when it comes to UEFI and Linux. It’s NICE to see Intel working with non-UEFI Forum members on UEFI issues, especially Debian!

Blog excerpt:

“Thanks to Steve McIntyre from the Debian team for pointing out my error. Steve’s also helping organize a repository for information on UEFI implementations that don’t play nice with Linux. I think this is a great idea, so check it out if you have any relevant info. I’ll share my tips for testing UEFI & Linux in an upcoming post, in case you want to contribute to their project.”

Brian@Intel’s full blog post:

Steve@Debian’s blog post:

This repo of Linux UEFI information sounds GREAT!. Amongst the things it tracks, I hope it tracks the various Secure Boot strengths that Linux distributions have:

Tianocore web site updated

As reported by the Intel UEFI Twitter feed, the UEFI Forum’s web team have done a complete overhaul to the web site:

There are a few other web pages, not many more; most others are github-hosted web pages now.

This news was found on the Twitter feed of Brian Richardson of Intel, which was not on my previous 0.3 release of Twitter feeds, but will be in next 0.4 release:

On a related note, the edk2-devel mailing list finally moved from SourceForge to

Two Linux firmware articles

1) Linux Vendor Firmware Service launches

In a Phoronix article today, Michael Larabel describes the new Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS) has been announced.

“This site provides a place for hardware vendors to submit packaged firmware updates, typically .cab files. This fire-and-forget service allows vendors to submit firmware updates without generating and hosting AppStream metadata themselves.”

More information:

2) Intel on Linux firmware updates

Brian Richardson posted a blog yesterday, with information on Linux fwupdate, UEFI Capsule (firmware updates), UEFI 2.5 ESRT, and the Fedora firmware update mechanism.

More information: