[coreboot] Removal of AGESA - to be or NOT to be? A story of G505S

Vladimir quickcracktime at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 11:11:12 CET 2015

While the possibility of AMD AGESA boards 'removal' is being discussed, I
would like to tell you about Lenovo G505S - which has Compal LA-A091P AMD
Family 15h RL AGESA board.

* Did you know that Lenovo G505S is still widely available at some parts of
the world? (e.g. in Russia, 50+ online shops are still selling it)
* Did you know that Francis Rowe, head Libreboot developer, has proposed
the addition of G505S to Coreboot LTS Candidates list of laptops?
* Did you know that Compal will still be making LA-A091P laptop
motherboard, the primary component of G505S, at least until the end of 2018
(although these would be meant for Lenovo technical repair workshops, any
person will be able to buy them by request even at 1pcs quantities)

It is unbelievable that some people here want to take alive-and-kicking
motherboard and 'remove it': either 'remove' a support for it completely,
or degrade it into a 'second class citizen' - by branching it off to some
abandoned branch that nobody would care about. Don't know which is worse...

>>> Someone wrote:
> I'm looking forward to seeing the draft of the removal plans. Maybe
removal is even better than branching

If Someone doesn't care about those boards which he doesn't own own, if
Someone has no idea how to set up makefiles so that they will not make
builds for boards that he doesn't care about, if Someone can't wait a few
more extra minutes of compilation because he is in a 'great hurry':

then he should start his 'Removal Quest' from old boards like Intel I945
and AMD K8 - if nobody runs coreboot on them anymore.
Or from his own board, if his own board is EOL and old...

PLEASE do NOT submit proposals that will negatively affect a support for
alive boards, because such malevolent plans are a great insult to the
bright spirit of coreboot project !

Best regards,
Vladimir Shipovalov
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