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On 03/08/2017 02:51 PM, Taiidan@gmx.com wrote:
Hey Tim could you elaborate on the IBM OpenBMC stretch goal? Technical details, benefits etc as I don't have any POWER systems I don't know what it is.
The IBM OpenBMC fork is under active development by IBM; as a result, it uses a completely different userspace and a newer kernel, among other differences. It aims to be a less specialized BMC firmware than the Facebook version, i.e. more of a direct replacement for the proprietary AMI firmware typically shipped on OEM mainboards.
As you can imagine, this adds a significant amount of size and complexity to the resultant firmware, and I expect new hardware will need to be created to hold and execute the resultant images. Furthermore, attempting to execute a port and upstream it when the underlying source tree is in constant flux adds significant effort and overall cost, therefore we are only looking into this as a stretch goal versus risking not having any libre firmware available at all for these systems due to cost constraints.
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