[coreboot] How long will take to add coreboot support for my motherboard? Please, expert roughly estimation needed.

Vikram Narayanan vikram186 at gmail.com
Tue May 17 16:50:57 CEST 2011

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM, Anders Jenbo <anders at jenbo.dk> wrote:
> Den 17-05-2011 10:41, Андрей Клаус skrev:
> Hello everybody,
> I'm thinking about porting coreboot to my motherboard (epox 9NPA3I / 9NPA3J
> / 9NPAJ-3 / 9NPA3 Ultra Series). My chipset (CK804) and my superio
> (F71872F/FG) are in supported list. According to this page
> (http://www.coreboot.org/Support) port "might be easy" (exactly: "If you
> find those in our list of Supported Chipsets and Devices a port might be
> easy").
> I need roughly estimation for "easy" to decide is it possible for me to port
> coreboot or not (in time-consuming terms). So, is "easy" up to 8 hours for
> coreboot expert, or is it up to 40 hours for coreboot expert? Will be great
> if you could give me estimation for 'worst' and 'best' variant.
> Thank you very much,
> Andrey
> It took me less then 8 hours to make my first port, and I'm not even a C
> programmer, mine was a best case senario as there was a sibling board
> already ported. I have also ported some where just the component where
> supported, that didn't take to long either, probably 7-10 hours.
> Working on a board where only legacy code and docs are available I have
> probably spend around 12 hours to get to ram init.
> I think the key to sussess is to have an easy way to reflash the bios when
> your image failes.
Seems quite inspirational to the people who wanted to port for new boards.
@ Stefan: Can you please share your opinions on this?


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