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  • #16
    Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
    And AFAIK you cannot do anything with it.


    In an ideal situation (and if i understand coreboot correctly) you would be able to flash your kernel of choice (and update it automatically) and have it boot directly or give you the option of a tianocore EFI or bootloader if you want fancier stuff.

    The pixel could have been the "perfect" linux laptop. But no. Noone cares about desktop linux.
    Considering the most interested party in Linux, Torvald, is using a Pixel has his primary laptop, I am pretty sure it is currently the most "Perfect".

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    • #17
      Originally posted by iniudan View Post
      Considering the most interested party in Linux, Torvald, is using a Pixel has his primary laptop, I am pretty sure it is currently the most "Perfect".
      His workflow or use of the thing is probably quite different to that of joe average user. I would probably need more storage, someone else more ram etc etc. Also last time i checked you had to put it in dev mode or something to be able to install whatever you want on it and there was some waiting every time you wanted to boot it.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
        His workflow or use of the thing is probably quite different to that of joe average user. I would probably need more storage, someone else more ram etc etc. Also last time i checked you had to put it in dev mode or something to be able to install whatever you want on it and there was some waiting every time you wanted to boot it.
        You have to press ctrl+l within 30 sec to boot. This can be solved if you build your own coreboot bios image.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
          You have to press ctrl+l within 30 sec to boot. This can be solved if you build your own coreboot bios image.
          Ok. But can you use your own coreboot bios image in Pixel?? If no its annoying to have to do that every time you boot.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
            Ok. But can you use your own coreboot bios image in Pixel?? If no its annoying to have to do that every time you boot.
            I believe so

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            • #21
              Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
              Is there any modern, usable mobo that supports coreboot that a consumer can actually buy and use with all latest processors. If not those stuff only matter to OEMs.
              It seems that AMD are more cooperative then Intel when it comes to Coreboot support, heres what the compatibility list for the current version:
              http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards

              Socket FM2
              Asus F2A85-M

              Socket AM3+
              Asus M5A88-V

              Both of those are easy enough to find, neither is an OEM board. OEM boards would suck for this anyways, since you would need something with at the very least an easily swappable bios chip or better yet a mobo with a dual bios chip setup so you can experiment with far less risk of bricking the board.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                I wish there were a AMD Kabini-based single-board computer.
                Something to compete with Raspberry Pi.
                I've been wondering ever since AMD bought ATI why nobody has taken one of AMD's low TDP chips and a fast notebook GPU and made a single board HTPC DVR/TV tuner. Something the size of a game console running Myth or XBMC running silent on the shelf under the TV would be pretty nice.

                This idea gets even more viable if the next gen APUs will have a GPU as fast as is rumored. Bluetooth KB/Mouse and game controller would make for a great HTPC with an emphasis on more then just playing back videos.
                Last edited by Kivada; 08-07-2013, 02:36 AM.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Kivada View Post
                  It seems that AMD are more cooperative then Intel when it comes to Coreboot support, heres what the compatibility list for the current version:
                  http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards

                  Socket FM2
                  Asus F2A85-M

                  Socket AM3+
                  Asus M5A88-V

                  Both of those are easy enough to find, neither is an OEM board. OEM boards would suck for this anyways, since you would need something with at the very least an easily swappable bios chip or better yet a mobo with a dual bios chip setup so you can experiment with far less risk of bricking the board.
                  The Gigabyte Mobo's have dual BIOS/UEFI.

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                  • #24
                    I would love to be able to use coreboot on my laptop if I knew how to set it up and not risk bricking it.

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                    • #25
                      With a laptop, risking it is basically all you do. Not counting ChromeBook there is a total of two laptops supported, and both are older models from obscure brands.

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                      • #26
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                        (this one seems to take a piece of text from the first page of the thread, copypaste it and add some emoticons in the end, for some reason. maybe to fool everyone that it's a legit poster, then the linkstorm begins... buyviagra.com)

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                        • #27
                          Kabini Chromebook

                          I take it this paves the way for a Kabini Chromebook. They have all been Intel CPU/GPU so far. This might allow for even cheaper Chromebooks. As a secondary device I find my Acer Chromebook very useful and the fact that it looks after it's own system maintenance is a big plus - because I do not need to spend time on routine stuff that is time consuming enough on my main machine.

                          I have no interest in adding a distro to my Chromebook. If you are going to do that you might just as well buy a cheap notebook and remove Windows, which is what I have done in the past.

                          Anyway, a Kabini based Chromebook sounds like a plus to me.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by grege View Post
                            I take it this paves the way for a Kabini Chromebook. They have all been Intel CPU/GPU so far. This might allow for even cheaper Chromebooks. As a secondary device I find my Acer Chromebook very useful and the fact that it looks after it's own system maintenance is a big plus - because I do not need to spend time on routine stuff that is time consuming enough on my main machine.

                            I have no interest in adding a distro to my Chromebook. If you are going to do that you might just as well buy a cheap notebook and remove Windows, which is what I have done in the past.

                            Anyway, a Kabini based Chromebook sounds like a plus to me.
                            AMD has a long history of supporting coreboot, Google has had to add Intel support them self so clearly they have a strong preference for Intel.

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                            • #29
                              I think the Intel exclusivity in Chromebooks was not related to Coreboot. The radeon driver not supporting video acceleration or proper power management could have been the deal breaker.

                              Now that radeon UVD and DPM code have been mainlined, the prospects for AMD Chromebooks look much better.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by chithanh View Post
                                I think the Intel exclusivity in Chromebooks was not related to Coreboot. The radeon driver not supporting video acceleration or proper power management could have been the deal breaker.
                                Weren't there i945 chromebooks? That thing has neither advanced power savings nor video accel.

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