[coreboot] Dell R610 Support

Taiidan at gmx.com Taiidan at gmx.com
Thu Dec 13 05:26:37 CET 2018

On 12/12/2018 09:59 PM, Ed Hau wrote:
> Thanks for all the help so far after digging for the past day I was
> thinking about picking up the KCMR-D12 as you had recommended and a set of
> AMD OPTERON 4280 to go with it. This has the AST-2050 for the openBMC port
> that I am also interested in. Just wanted one more round of sanity checks
> before putting in the order.

Yah go for it! it is almost identical to the KCMA-D8 it just has more
RAM slots and a different PCI-e configuration. Should be an easy first
port and one can gain experience :D Let us know if you need help!

Note OpenBMC needs an ASMB4 or ASMB5 firmware module (you use flashrom
to over-write the crappy exploit ridden OEM firmware) if the board
doesn't come with one they go for around $30 on fleabay.

After that if you wish to continue porting stuff I suggest a TYAN board
such as the dual northbridge/sas S8225, the quad socket/sas S8812 or the
affordable sas S8010 (just not the crappy SR5650 northbridge versions
that lack the proper amount of PCI-e slots)

best c32 cpu - 4386 or if you don't want to have to use microcode
updates the 4284 (4280 slightly slower/cheaper) I max out new new video
games in a VM via IOMMU-GFX of an RX580 8GB with my 4386 equivilant 6328
so you can use this as a libre gaming pc as well - there are a variety
of great AAA DRM free linux games on gog (email for reccs)

Something else that might interest you and what is a high priority
firmware wise is a FOSS Broadcom NIC firmware replacement for the nic
chipset that is on the blackbird/talos if you have what it takes the
first person to make one gets a free talos 2 workstation valued at five
thousand bucks. You can get PCI-e nics with the chipset so you don't
actually need one of the boards to develop for it. It would be great to
have a non-intel blob free nic since then one doesn't have to support a
competitor and further ME development by getting intel nics (thats why
they chose the broadcom one as it is the most promising due to a litany
of documentation) and it is the only thing in the way to getting RYF for
the OpenPOWER stuff afaik.

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