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

Paul Menzel paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net
Fri Mar 28 09:45:21 CET 2014

Am Freitag, den 28.03.2014, 00:38 +0100 schrieb Carl-Daniel Hailfinger:
> Am 25.03.2014 18:44 schrieb mrnuke:
> > I like your attitude too. I've started developing a Candidacy page [1]. I 
> > won't start fiddling hardware or funds until a consensus is reached as to the 
> > best option.
> >
> > There's an interesting trend with these ProBooks. In November, when I got my 
> > chromebook, there was only one ProBook with AMD CPU available IIRC. Now there 
> > are a number of such models. That may indicate we can expect those to be on 
> > the market for a while, or I'm just remembering wrong and those have less than 
> > a year of shelf life remaining.
> >
> > Anyone has any experience with the AMD ProBooks? Are they built to last, or 
> > are they crap?
> >
> > Alex
> >
> > [1] http://www.coreboot.org/User_talk:MrNuke/LTS_Candidates
> As a side note, should we publish a call for help to lwn.net, phoronix
> and other sites to have people run one of the mainboard info gathering
> scripts (e.g. https://gist.github.com/Thermionix/8933550 ) on all recent
> AMD-based laptops they encounter, and ask for PCB pictures as well in
> case someone has disassembled the hardware? That would at least allow us
> to get hardware info for the candidates without having to buy the
> hardware on speculative basis.
> For a volunteer effort, picking hardware with supported CPU/chipset is
> the only option, and making sure the hardware is something we either
> have code or datasheets for.
> The big challenge is not to put out the call for help, it's dealing with
> the responses in a meaningful way. The mailing list is not going to cut
> it, we may have to use a web form with upload capability. We could even
> reuse the upload forum of paste.flashrom.org if we need a simple file
> store (with protection against unauthorized downloads). Uploaded files
> need to be parsed and classified. The results (i.e. whether coreboot
> supports the CPU, chipset and other hardware) should be made available
> to the submitter and/or to the public.
> It's some work, but the gathered data would IMHO be worth it.

That’s a possible way, though I’d rather say to spend that time on doing
the port and hope that the people doing it have access to equipment to
reverse engineer everything.


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