Author: Francis Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 02:32:47 +0100
docs/tasks.html: Update notse about KGPE-D16
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Libreboot has so far been biased towards Intel. This needs to end (the sooner, the better). A nice start:
+ <b>ASUS KGPE-D16</b>: this is a very modern board. It has support both Fam10h and Fam15h AMD CPUs. The board is still
+ new, and still in production. See
+ these coreboot mailing list posts:<br/>
+ <a href="http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2015-April/079773.html">post 1</a> and
+ <a href="http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2015-April/079773.html">post 2</a><br/><br/>
+ The board is fully functional (blobs not required), and will be an instant addition to libreboot.<br/><br/>
+ <a href="http://raptorengineeringinc.com/content/base/main.htm">Raptor Engineering Inc</a> (USA) has ported
+ this board to coreboot, and is using the port internally on their computing cluster, for
+ the research that they do. The owner (and the
+ person who ported the board to coreboot), Timothy Pearson (tpearson on freenode IRC) has reached out to the community,
+ in request for funding. This funding will pay for the many months of work (at least 4-5 months, for over 10000
+ lines of code any many patches that will need to be split up) to get the code
+ upstreamed into coreboot. This is not as simple as just releasing the code; coreboot has a very strict code
+ review process (in place to ensure quality control). The patches will have to be split up, with people's
+ concerns and comments addressed over a long period, with patches constantly rebased to keep up with the
+ latest coreboot master branch. In order to get this done in a decent enough time frame, Timothy will need
+ to work on a more-or-less full-time basis. The funding amounts that he has asked for, are as follows:
+ <li>35K USD - This pays for basic support (Fam10h)</li>
+ <li>+15K USD (stretch goal) - This pays for S3 (suspend/resume) and text-mode graphics initialization</li>
+ <li>+40K USD (stretch goal) - Fam15h CPU support</li>
+ Although Timothy would be working for many months to get this upstreamed (merged in coreboot's master branch
+ in the git repository), libreboot would merge it more or less instantly, probably in the same week that the
+ code is released for review. Timothy would also of course be rebasing the patches on a regular basis, as part
+ of the review process, so even if it takes longer for the patches to be merged in coreboot, libreboot would have
+ support for this board.<br/><br/>
+ This is a <b>very</b> high-end board, making for a powerful server or workstation (desktop) system
+ that should easily be more than powerful enough for almost everyone. Timothy has replaced the AGESA
+ source in coreboot with native initialization code for AMD. The work that he has done can easily be
+ extended to support more hardware, so getting this code out and upstreamed is very important.<br/><br/>
+ Francis Rowe (lead developer of libreboot) is working with Timothy to get a crowd funding campaign started,
+ and trying to get as many people as possible interested in pledging towards the campaign.<br/><br/>
+ If you are interested in donating towards the campaign (once it begins), register your interest by contacting
+ Francis Rowe, using the information on the <a href="../contrib/">maintainers page</a>.
Lenovo G505S (works without CPU microcode updates).
Videos BIOS is not yet fully replaced (openatom doesn't have a working framebuffer, yet, but
it can draw a bitmap in user space, using a special utility) -
@@ -53,17 +95,6 @@
SMU needs replacing (ruik/funfuctor/patrickg/mrnuke might be able to help).
- ASUS KGPE-D16 - code not yet public,
- ported by <a href="http://raptorengineeringinc.com/content/base/main.htm">Raptor Engineering Inc.</a> (USA).
- They are asking for 90K* USD to pay for the work to upstream the code (do code review, add more patches,
- get it merged in coreboot master repository - a lot of work!). Crowd funding will be necessary.
- Crowd funding will be necessary.
- See <a href="http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2015-April/079773.html">coreboot mailing list</a>.
- This board uses DIP-8 (socket) SPI flash, so it's easy to flash (external flashing required for initial install).
- * was 35K. The extra 15K is a stretch goal for S3 support and full text-mode graphics initialization (bugs eliminated).
- * 40K was added for Fam15h support. See <a href="http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2015-June/079950.html">http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2015-June/079950.html</a>
F2A85-M and E350M1 (libreboot_*_headless.rom). Test openatom (video BIOS replacement). SMU firmware is a problem. XHCI firmware is a problem.