I had set up a website watcher a while ago, so that I wouldn't miss any new developments, especially as I was interested in compliance reports becoming available. This change came up about a week ago and as I haven't seen official mentions anywhere, I thought I'd mention it here myself.
I, explicitly, do not offer any interpretation or speculation as to the reasons for that change. This is left to LINARO to clarify, if they choose to do so.
changed: 96borads compliance page (http://www.96boards.org/compliance/)
--- @ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:23:21 +0000 +++ @ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:06:51 +0000 @@ -152,11 +152,12 @@ o Bluetooth and WiFi firmware Note that Linux kernel modules must not be provided as binary firmware blobs. The GPLv2 licence prohibits this. - Bootloader - * At least one open source bootloader shall be provided for the board that - executes immediately after the internal SoC startup code. The source for - this bootloader should be available from a publicly accessible site or - integrated into the bootloader trees on https://github.com/96boards +*** Bootloader *** + * It is strongly recommended one open source bootloader to be provided for + the board that executes immediately after the internal SoC startup code. + The source for this bootloader should be available from a publicly + accessible site or integrated into the bootloader trees onhttps:// + github.com/96boards * Fastboot protocol support shall be provided for all Consumer Edition boards * It is strongly recommended that vendors of an ARMv8 board provide a port ==================================