[coreboot] Minifree Libreboot D16 server/workstation launched
Taiidan at gmx.com
Taiidan at gmx.com
Sat Dec 31 09:07:58 CET 2016
On 12/30/2016 09:19 AM, Leah Rowe wrote:
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> Hi all,
> Minifree has launched a new freedom-friendly computer. Two, in fact.
> Desktop/workstation version:
> Server version:
> This is a high-end AMD server platform, being sold in server and
> extended ATX (desktop/workstation) form factor. It comes with Debian
> and Libreboot preinstalled.
> This is the first modern commercial system available today that can be
> configured to run entirely free software; first Debian, the OS, and
> then libreboot, a free/libre BIOS implementation. With Debian and
> Libreboot, this is a fully free system containing zero binary blobs of
> any kind.
> This has positive implications for security in terms of audability,
> and therefore privacy in general (no backdoors!). It's also free
> software friendly, so there are zero binary blobs and zero proprietary
> software running on it in the OS or BIOS. You have all of the four
> freedoms over each part of the boot process, which means that you the
> user are in full control.
> For the first time ever, it is possible for companies to use
> libreboot-enabled hardware.
> The problem so far with Libreboot and Minifree is that it only
> focussed on low-end hardware. The launch of the D16 Server and D16
> Desktop changes that. With this hardware you can:
> * do actual, serious work e.g. programming or 3D modeling. Software
> development nowadays requires powerful computers, because software
> becomes more complex. The sheer amount of time to build from source
> can be a problem on its own. The D16 can support up to 16 fast AMD
> Opteron cores per CPU, and 2 CPUs are possible so 32 cores in total.
> This is ideal for software development.
> * provide professional hosting services for paying clients, and run a
> small ISP
> * provide servers inside organisations
> * play modern games (libre ones)
> * etc (anything that requires a fast computer, basically)
> Spread the word!
> - --
> Leah Rowe
> Libreboot developer
> Use free software. Free as in freedom.
> Use a free operating system, GNU+Linux.
> Or BSD:
> Use a free BIOS.
> Support computer user freedom.
> Minifree Ltd, trading as Ministry of Freedom | Registered in England,
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> Registered Office: 19 Hilton Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9QA, UK |
> Web: https://minifree.org/
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It supports IOMMU for graphics, which you should note as this is a
popular feature these days.
(proper support including interrupt remapping and PCI-e ACS, unlike the
intel platforms from the same era)
I play the latest games at high settings in a windows VM with 8 cores
assigned and 25-30% usage of those 8 cores.
The only problem is the lack of pci-e slots, most sites claim 5 when
there are only 4 usable at any time (which are all 2.0, x8, x16 x16 and
x4) although I suppose that could be solved with a pci-e external
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