[coreboot] TALOS project short of funding goals - where to now?

Timothy Pearson tpearson at raptorengineering.com
Thu Dec 15 00:43:28 CET 2016

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On 12/14/2016 02:07 PM, Zoran Stojsavljevic wrote:
>> The coreboot project is pretty much dead in the water without it, */
> the only real choices for further development are either /*
> */ >  super low power crappy ARM devices /* or always going to be
> expensive IBM/TYAN POWER servers, so what do we do?
> What is wrong with "super low power crappy ARM devices"?

I'll take this particular question in isolation.  If this is the only
type of computer available that does not require proprietary software to
function, then everyone should probably stop using a number of prominent
open source projects such as LibreOffice, Chromium, Firefox, Xorg, KDE,
Gnome, and the GIMP, among others.  Open source hardware is also out due
to the processing power required to effectively design anything more
complex than a SoC breakout board or microprocessor board.  Under the
proposed conditions, these software packages  and hardware designs
effectively require proprietary systems and software for development,
and therefore run contrary to normal libre software philosophy.

On our end, we consider this unacceptable, which is why we have been
working to provide powerful hardware for people doing real development
work.  Not everything can be created on a smart phone or tablet, and in
point of fact, _most_ things cannot.

I understand that many users or developers of small projects don't need
powerful hardware, but please don't make the grave mistake of assuming
that everything will continue as-is on the development side if said
hardware is not available.

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