[coreboot] A new, modern coreboot long-term support laptop

David Hendricks david.hendricks at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 10:01:31 CET 2014

On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:05 AM, Paul Menzel <
paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net> wrote:

> Am Montag, den 24.03.2014, 22:36 -0700 schrieb David Hendricks:
> > On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 9:10 PM, mrnuke <mr.nuke.me at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Chose the hardware. Set up a github temporary fork. Send me the
> hardware. I
> > > got Pomona, I got SPI, I got USB debug, and I got the burning desire to
> > > make this happen.
> >
> > I like your attitude. See if there's a laptop that looks doable in the
> > ~$500 range, buy two of 'em, and tell me how to reimburse you.
> >
> > Note: $$$ would come from my own pocket and has nothing to do with my
> > employer.
> David, thank you for that offer.

Happy to help if it gets people focused on more productive things.

> Vladimir also hinted in #coreboot, if the hardware would be given to him
> he *could* try a port (with no promises of course). He was on vacation,

That doesn't sound very reassuring. Let's let him chime in if/when he wants
to commit to something.

> The question is how to best do that, so people
> do not get problems with taxes and so on?

I am not a tax attorney or accountant so please don't take what I have to
say into consideration when filing your taxes.

That said, the "gift exclusion" on taxes in the US is $14,000USD in 2013:

I have no idea what it is in Europe, or what it is if transferring money
from the US to EU. Perhaps it's best not to ponder such minutia on a
mailing list.

If at least Alex and Vladimir participate, we'd need two to four
> laptops, depending how critical a second model is to have for
> development.

Whoa there, this ain't the Oprah Winfrey show.

> > Note 2: This might be a good place to start:
> > https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/#/c/188275/
> The other question is to decide on a laptop. Only the HP Elitebooks seem
> to have a long shelf life, but these do not look like consumer products
> and look more to be for companies if I am not mistaken.
> http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/hp-probook-6475b-b5u26aw-b6p75ea-a798418.html
> http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/hp-probook-655-g1-h5g82et-a1034671.html
> http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/hp-probook-455-g1-h6p57ea-a962206.html
> I had my hands on a Asus U38N-C4010H which was very well manufactured in
> my opinion and a nice consumer laptop.
> http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/asus-vivobook-u38n-c4010h-90ntia212n12925d151y-a863881.html
> In the IRC channel #coreboot also the Lenovo X131e was mentioned. I have
> no idea what to make of that AMD E1-1200 processor.
> http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/lenovo-thinkpad-x131e-3372-1a6-a998573.html

Some of those seem quite expensive and/or already dated. It would probably
be cheaper and easier to find something newer, so long as it's likely that
future revisions will use same/similar EC code.
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