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  • #11
    Great news if it ever comes about. If AMD wants to continue getting my money open source firmware will be a must. If they don't do it then my money will go to Risc-V or to Raptor.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by Deetwenty View Post

      That is because Google, Facebook, et. al. want full control over their devices and also control over our devices, so they want opensource firmware for themselves to be able to do that but prefer closed source for consumer devices since with opensource firmware it will be easier for consumers to bypass their control
      They want only the backbone as opensource so they can share the development effort but then gearing up these firmwares with all the blobs they need to spy on you and control your device...

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      • #13
        If it could replace some shitty ipmi server management card, with buggy html5 remote console (supermicro for example), it could be great

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        • #14
          Well, AMD had fairly good libre SW support, even Coreboot via Sage (iirc) in the past. So it would be great (and also beneficial for them) if they'd go libre again. O.t.o.h. in the past mainboard vendors still rather implemented a BIOS or UEFI. We need to convince these people, too. (Not sure how far MS-Windows relies on BIOS calls and the like these days.)
          Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!

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          • #15
            AMD should support libreboot: https://libreboot.org/amd-libre.html

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            • #16
              Originally posted by Laughing1 View Post
              AMD should support libreboot: https://libreboot.org/amd-libre.html
              Wasn't Libreboot the one that had a major hissy fit and suddenly withdrew from the GNU project? I assumed that was dead (I certainly hope so)

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              • #17
                Originally posted by OneTimeShot View Post

                Wasn't Libreboot the one that had a major hissy fit and suddenly withdrew from the GNU project? I assumed that was dead (I certainly hope so)
                The Feds don't like libre software (especially firmware because of CIA backdoors in MAJOR processors) so they put tons of trannies and other left-wingers to effectively neutralize it.
                Last edited by Laughing1; 03 December 2020, 09:52 PM.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by andyprough View Post
                  OpenBMC utilizes systemd and dbus, which is a very questionable direction for an embedded system
                  because embedded systems don't need to start services or use ipc?

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                  • #19
                    AMD hand waves and makes overtures about OpenBMC, meanwhile they are shipping "Platform Secure Boot" for vendors like Dell that want to e-fuse CPUs installed in their servers for vendor lock in. https://www.servethehome.com/amd-psb...ity-at-a-cost/

                    Hopefully more data center and institutional customers demand openness, and resist OEM lock-in BS.

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by OneTimeShot View Post

                      Wasn't Libreboot the one that had a major hissy fit and suddenly withdrew from the GNU project? I assumed that was dead (I certainly hope so)
                      Correct on the first part wrong on the second. It has activity of late:

                      https://notabug.org/libreboot/libreboot

                      Also Leah Rowe is back selling Libreboot laptops and is active again on the Trisquel forums:

                      https://retrofreedom.com/

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