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    Phoronix: More AMD Stoney Ridge Code Lands In Coreboot

    It looks like the first AMD-powered Chromebook might be getting closer to reality...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-More-Coreboot

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    The real question here is: how hard will it be to strip Googles OS and install a clean Linux? For me anyways Chromebooks are pretty useless devices as shipped.

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      Indeed, that would be interesting. Add some real storage and kick all the cloud and google related stuff and you may happen to have an interesting piece of hardware to work with. Though I wonder if they have decent keyboards (layout, keys themselves) on them.
      In any case, more AMD CPU/APU support in Coreboot is more good.
      Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wizard69 View Post
        The real question here is: how hard will it be to strip Googles OS and install a clean Linux? For me anyways Chromebooks are pretty useless devices as shipped.
        If other chromebooks are any indication, it won't be terribly hard.
        Google isn't that bad of an overlord so far. You can usually reflash their coreboot with one that allows booting Linux (or windows it seems) from here https://mrchromebox.tech/

        There is also a specialized (ubuntu-based) linux distro for them https://galliumos.org/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wizard69 View Post
          The real question here is: how hard will it be to strip Googles OS and install a clean Linux? For me anyways Chromebooks are pretty useless devices as shipped.
          At least on all Chromebooks I heard about all you need it switch to developer mode and then you can do whatever you want. Problem is that not all of them have storage that can be upgraded, on many it's soldered to motherboard together with RAM.

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          • #6
            Stoney Ridge is the low power version of Bristol Ridge which is the successor to Carrizo. I've got a Bristol Ridge in both my laptop and desktop. Great little chips.

            Stoney is interesting because unlike the Carrizo-L while being a low powered chip and named after Carrizo was NOT a Carrizo derivative at all but was a Puma chip Stoney Ridge is an actual Bristol Ridge derivative for things such as a Chromebook.

            Stoney and Bristol are the last of the line for the Bulldozer arch with the Excavator improvements. Would love to see a head to head with a Chromebook with an Intel Kabylake.

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            • #7
              Hmm....I guess an explanation of what a Stoney Ridge is was too controversial for the forum alogorithm

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              • #8
                Ahhhh....there it is now

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                • #9
                  Right... Stoney Ridge is a 2 core / 3 CU "small APU" vs Bristol Ridge 4 core / 8 CU. The nice thing about Stoney is that its small size relative to its power budget allows it to turbo up pretty high, so in a lot of cases it's the fastest Bulldozer-arch part we make on single-threaded workloads.

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