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

mrnuke mr.nuke.me at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 20:17:41 CET 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:03:28 PM David Hendricks wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM, mrnuke <mr.nuke.me at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:53:51 AM ron minnich wrote:
> > > Just one thing. Don't underestimate just how miserable the EC can make
> > > your life. I place a high premium on systems with an open EC. Just be
> > > careful there.
> > 
> > Can you tell us more about the Samsung Chromebook 2?
> What do you want to know? It's been announced, the specs are out, the
> firmware code is out in the open (it ships with u-boot), and we even have
> some code upstream for it in coreboot that could be polished up. There's
> the usual masked ROM in addition to the 8KB BL0 blob, but everything else
> is open including the EC firmware.
I'm assuming BLO is not persistent.

> It's a nice laptop that is probably already a good candidate for RYF. I'll
> leave subjective analysis as an exercise for the reader.

Teardown pictures? Construction quality? Shelf life? Performance numbers?

As far as RYF, it's by far the best candidate with the least amount of work 
involved. Bonus: no proprietary OS and/or IBV taxes. I don't know if Google 
charges OEMs anything for the use of its software, but if it does, that money 
goes to FLOSS, so it's a non-issue.


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