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Done are:

  • Dr. Kaiser PC-Wächter flashing support (the FPGA variant)
  • Blockwise erase (infrastructure and a few chips, no user interface yet)
  • split frontend and backend functionality
  • DOS support
  • bitbanging SPI driver infrastructure
  • Bus Pirate support
  • Dediprog SF100 support

Countless new features and bugfixes like:

  • cosmetic and naming/coding style fixes
  • error checking/handling
  • dependency checking/handling
  • Add infrastructure to check and report to the user the maximum supported decode size for chipsets and tested mainboards
  • new message infrastructure
  • Matching board via DMI
  • print runtime and build environment information

New mature features

  • Dozens of newly supported mainboards, chipsets and flash chips.
  • Support for Dr. Kaiser PC-Waechter PCI devices.
  • Support for flashing SPI chips with the Bus Pirate.
  • Support for the Dediprog SF100 external programmer.
  • Selective blockwise erase for all flash chips.
  • Automatic chip unlocking.
  • Support for each programmer can be selected at compile time.
  • Generic detection for unknown flash chips.
  • Common mainboard features are now detected automatically.
  • Mainboard matching via DMI strings.
  • Laptop detection which triggers safety measures.
  • Test flags for all part of flashrom operation.
  • Windows support for USB-based and serial-based programmers.
  • NetBSD support.
  • DOS support.
  • Slightly changed command line invocation.

Experimental features

  • Support for some NVIDIA graphics cards.
  • Chip test pattern generation.
  • Support for bit-banging SPI controllers.
  • Nvidia MCP6*/MCP7* chipset detection.
  • Support for Highpoint ATA/RAID controllers.

Code quality

  • Lots of cleanups.
  • Various bugfixes and workarounds for broken third-party software.
  • Better error messages.
  • Reliability fixes.
  • Adjustable severity level for messages.
  • Programmer-specific chip size limitation warnings.
  • Multiple builtin frontends for flashrom are now possible.
  • Increased strictness in board matching.
  • Extensive selfchecks on startup to protect against miscompilation.
  • Better timing precision for touchy flash chips.
  • Do not rely on Linux kernel bugs for mapping memory.
  • Improved documentation.

If you know of features or pending patches which are not in the list, please mail Carl-Daniel.