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    Tianocore recently added support in their tree...

    Tianocore recently added support in their tree for running as coreboot payload. So the UEFI interface can be modelled on top of coreboot (which covers hardware initialization).
  2. Current generation Lenovo Thinkpad's (X1 Carbon,...

    Current generation Lenovo Thinkpad's (X1 Carbon, I think) have Intel Boot Guard set to Verified Boot. Trying to install coreboot result is an instant brick, even when the code is correct.
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    As you can discern from one of the comments from...

    As you can discern from one of the comments from Dec 14, 2013 on http://review.coreboot.org/#/c/4531/, the main reason is to make life easier for the libreboot team that feels strongly about the...
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    Oh really, that's a bit late, given that some of...

    Oh really, that's a bit late, given that some of the files that were now moved originally appeared in the repository in 2009:...
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    I don't think supporting a first-gen Macbook...

    I don't think supporting a first-gen Macbook still "supports" Apple. And all the other libreboot candidates start out just as non-free, too.


    Short answer: No. Long answer: No.


    Or use a...
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    AMD Geode LX

    Minor correction to the Geode LX situation: We keep the binary in the 3rdparty repository because that code is ancient and originally written for MASM (that's Microsoft assembler). It's accompanied...
  7. Yes, and I fully expect both to still be around...

    Yes, and I fully expect both to still be around on Purism's hardware. They can't magically make them go away (or they'll face auto switch-off after 30 mins). There are actors (yes, plural) in the...
  8. They're not doing the best they can when they...

    They're not doing the best they can when they start out either uninformed (not knowing what the limits in interaction with Intel are) or malicious (promising more than they plan to deliver in the...
  9. Let's just say that I binary patched...

    Let's just say that I binary patched (non-security related) bugs outs of coreboot related blobs before.

    I'd expect security issues (if any) to exist in the ME firmware. Since it's unclear what...
  10. Yes, exactly the same binaries that Librem will...

    Yes, exactly the same binaries that Librem will require. In fact, those binaries mostly exist due to Chromebooks (ie. a compromise with Intel to make coreboot on these Intel chipsets possible), while...
  11. Ranting in my own name only, not any past,...

    Ranting in my own name only, not any past, present or future employer and/or open source project:

    The issue is that Intel is pulling of crap like that time and time again. It's probably not the...
  12. It's actually quite simple, use the third option:...

    It's actually quite simple, use the third option: Boot Guard also has a "measured boot" mode in which the chipset sends a hash of the bootblock to the TPM before running it. The hash is stored in a...
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    It's sometimes possible to get coreboot...

    It's sometimes possible to get coreboot developers to help you at conferences. There was certainly someone helping bringing up coreboot on supported systems on 31C3, and at FOSDEM in past years.
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  14. That is probably UEFI's greatest marketing hack:...

    That is probably UEFI's greatest marketing hack: people think that booting from large disks is somehow reliant on UEFI. It's not.

    Longer version: UEFI promoted GPT, a rather complex successor...
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    coreboot supports ARM for a while now. It used to...

    coreboot supports ARM for a while now. It used to support PowerPC (dropped at some point because there weren't any users left), and there's support for RISC-V in progress.
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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...
  17. 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)
  18. "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...
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