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    When doing coreboot work, I recommend using an...

    When doing coreboot work, I recommend using an external flash programmer because things _will_ go wrong. The Pomona 5250 clip is useful to attach to many (not all) SPI flash chips out there. If you...
  2. Except those that might be left in the firmware...

    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)
  3. "UEFI" boots systems fast because the fast path...

    "UEFI" boots systems fast because the fast path bypasses about 90% of UEFI.

    We were able to do that with coreboot in 2006, and PC BIOS could also have done it, if they had cared enough to...
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    True, they have their "5 minutes unsupervised"...

    True, they have their "5 minutes unsupervised" rule.

    But it really goes hand in hand: The only way to reliably protect flash from being written is in hardware (no matter if the fault vector is...
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    Sounds about right. The image situation is partly...

    Sounds about right. The image situation is partly because we relied on the VGABIOS for long. On some models, we could provide freely redistributable images since that changed for some chipsets where...
  6. In general, coreboot's ARM support is still under...

    In general, coreboot's ARM support is still under construction. There are a number of boards that are experimentally supported, but supporting more SoCs ensures that we build something for...
  7. I guess they'd appreciate it. No. All...

    I guess they'd appreciate it.


    No. All Intel-based Chromebooks ship with a coreboot port that requires a binary-only component. You could go through the motions to reverse engineer that, but then...
  8. We're too busy supporting hardware, so we don't...

    We're too busy supporting hardware, so we don't write announcements *cough* (in fact we're just too lazy).
    The definitive guide to supported hardware is the source tree:...
  9. We were way behind on our supported mainboards...

    We were way behind on our supported mainboards page, which is why we rebuilt it to state which boards were actually tested, instead of an outdated list of boards that theoretically work.

    A few...
  10. Windows 8 is tested. I don't expect 8.1 to fail...

    Windows 8 is tested. I don't expect 8.1 to fail on those machines that run Windows 8, the ACPI support is quite complete, but I didn't get around to try yet.


    I wonder how you come to _that_...
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    By disabling the hardware write protect, yes. See...

    By disabling the hardware write protect, yes. See http://johnlewis.ie/
  12. Your modern Phenom provides an x86 instruction...

    Your modern Phenom provides an x86 instruction set to the outside, but internally it translates it to some simpler instruction set which can be more efficiently executed. I don't think the...
  13. Unfortunately it's not quite that simple - the...

    Unfortunately it's not quite that simple - the x86 chromebooks are all Intel based. Intel support in coreboot since Sandy Bridge only happened with a binary component to do the RAM initialization....
  14. All x86 chromebooks run coreboot. There's growing...

    All x86 chromebooks run coreboot. There's growing support for (new) ARM chromebooks, but they still ship with pristine u-boot. I guess the ARM support is still too experimental...


    u-boot....
  15. It's about Google being able to vouch for the...

    It's about Google being able to vouch for the system. It might be a selling point to customers, or it might not.
    Is it absolutely secure? No. If you're aiming for absolute security, build your own...
  16. Why? They sell the systems with a claim of...

    Why? They sell the systems with a claim of security. Once you can run whatever you want, they can, by definition, not vouch for what's going on.
    Both the regular and dev-mode are appliance stuff (as...
  17. There's a picture on...

    There's a picture on http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices/chromebook-pixel...
  18. The whining here is just amazing...

    Well, Dev-Mode is ChromeOS Dev-Mode - if you want more than that (and avoid the 30 seconds wait time in particular), you'll have to open the box and tweak a screw (which serves as a jumper). Once....
  19. Flash is typically designed for a couple thousand...

    Flash is typically designed for a couple thousand rewrite cycles, so that should not be a problem. However, updating flash is a comparably risky situation, so I would advise against trying to stuff...
  20. http://review.coreboot.org/gitweb?p=coreboot.git;a...

    http://review.coreboot.org/gitweb?p=coreboot.git;a=tree;f=src/northbridge/intel/sandybridge;h=3d53698b18532d7a3b43bc186ac55ed873c1f2ad;hb=332795cc5951c6d65badd2bbf3c79f6b63dbdbc2


    You probably...
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