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  • FSF Talks Up Libreboot As New Coreboot Downstream

    Phoronix: FSF Talks Up Libreboot As New Coreboot Downstream

    Libreboot is a de-blobbed version of Coreboot designed to run on the Free Software Foundation's first endorsed laptop...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc1NTc

  • #2
    Why?

    Just Why..?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Britoid View Post
      Why?

      Just Why..?
      Free Software Fundamentalism. Thats why.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
        Free Software Fundamentalism. Thats why.
        No. It's about money
        http://shop.gluglug.org.uk/product/i...-x60-coreboot/

        Almost 200 GBP for such thing?

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        • #5
          The Gluglug X60 has also been renamed to the Libreboot X60.
          Better names, yes. Open Source projects frequently suffer from having really bad names.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by michal View Post
            No. It's about money
            http://shop.gluglug.org.uk/product/i...-x60-coreboot/

            Almost 200 GBP for such thing?
            And freedom.
            Avoiding back-doors. Put there by government or corporations.

            And control, you should be in control over your computer not some government or corporation.

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            • #7
              FSF gives power to the users

              Originally posted by Britoid View Post
              Why?

              Just Why..?
              Why? To provide users the option to run a entirely free software stack from top to bottom, of cource. If you want or need to be able read or to compile every single piece of software that is running on your system, here's your choice.

              You need to be absolutly sure with regards to security? Need to be able to audit or change every line of code running? Or are just a purist that just wants to be able to do it for political or moral reasons? Pick this, a deblobed kernel and one of those distros the FSF recommends.

              If you don't? Well, don't use it. Pick coreboot or use the UEFI bloat that ships with your mashine and be happy. But you do have the choice.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by plonoma View Post
                And freedom.
                Avoiding back-doors. Put there by government or corporations.
                I don't have any guarantee that there is no backdoor in this computer until I don't spend time and money on auditing software.

                Anyway there are still software bugs that can be used to exploit OS, so I doubt if any government or corporation would spend money on backdoors. It's cheaper to have large collection of exploits.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by plonoma View Post
                  Avoiding back-doors.
                  Except those that might be left in the firmware of the embedded controller - that one is still binary only (but glossed over by the FSF and gluglug)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                    Free Software Fundamentalism. Thats why.
                    Not neccesarily. As shown recently, plenty can be hidden within bios, uploadable firmware blobs and onboard flash.

                    Having such open option is not bad, even if not everyone would use it at the moment.

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