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Author: Leah Rowe <>
Date:   Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:17:23 +0000

Libreboot workshop at LibrePlanet 2019

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diff --git a/www/news/MANIFEST b/www/news/MANIFEST @@ -1,3 +1,4 @@ +news/ news/ news/ news/ diff --git a/www/news/ b/www/news/ @@ -0,0 +1,83 @@ +% Libreboot installation workshop at FSF LibrePlanet 2019 conference +% Leah Rowe +% 19 March 2018 + +LibrePlanet is the annual conference held by the Free Software Foundation in +Boston, MA, USA. This year, it's being held at MIT university on March 23th +and 24th. More details about it are here: +<> + +The FSF isn't officially hosting a Libreboot workshop at LibrePlanet +this year. At the 2015 and 2016 LibrePlanet conference, there were workshops +there run by myself and Patrick McDermott, a former member of the Libreboot +project. + +This year, like [last year](, the intention is to +provide Libreboot flashing for conference goers on an unofficial basis. If +you have SPI flashing hardware and would like to help out, then email Leah Rowe +on []( and your name will be added +here. If you can provide a photo to be shared on this page, that will further +assist attendees in finding you at the conference. + +If you, the reader, are attending LibrePlanet this year, and you would like to +get a Libreboot system flashed for you, then take it with you to LibrePlanet. +There will be knowledgeable people there who can flash Libreboot for you. + +I, Leah Rowe, would be grateful to anyone who can answer my call. I'm looking +for people who can provide a Libreboot installation service at the FSF conference +during the weekend. + +Recommended areas to go for flashing peoples laptops/desktops at the conference: + +- Speakers lounge (behind the reception desk). There is normally space in there + and nobody actually checks whether you are a speaker. If you volunteer to + help with stuff it should be fine. + +- Tables outside the conference rooms (NOTE: no power sockets. Bring extension + cables and duct tape, so you can tape the power cables to the ground to + prevent trip hazards). + +- FSF office (before the conference, e.g. on Thursday, March 21st or Friday, + March 22nd. Or Monday, March 25th at the FSF office. The FSF has an open door + policy, so any person can show up to their office on 51 Franklin Street, 5th + Floor, Boston MA 02110. Either use the conference room if it's free, or use + the lobby area at the back of the office. The sysadmin office will probably be + good too, if the sysadmins let you in there + +- Any room that is used for lightning talks (do it in the back, and be quiet + so as to not disturb any talks that are in progress). + +I would be grateful if anyone else would also be willing to provide flashing. +I myself am not attending the conference physically, unfortunately. + +Basically, all you need for flashing someone's laptop at the conference is: + +- Portable SPI flasher (USB powered. SSH into it via your laptop, use the SPI + flasher's own 3v3, etc). Make sure to use the workaround-mx patch on + flashrom, so that you can use `--workaround-mx` on Macronix chips, if flashing + an X200, otherwise flashing will be unreliable (see mailing list post linked + above) - portability is important, in case you sit down with someone in + a place without power sockets. + See guides on for setting up SPI flashers, but ignore the notes + about external PSUs and instead just wire up the flasher's own 3v3 connection. + The workaround-mx patch is here: + <> + apply this on flashrom src and build with that. To use it, just pass the + `--workaround-mx` option in flashrom. +- Screwdrivers (phillips head 0 *and* 00 - sometimes labelled PH0 or PH00, + respectively) +- Thermal paste and thermal cleaning material, for T400 flashing + - arctic mx-4 paste recommended. For cleaning material, use anti-static cloth + and isopropyl alcohol - as pure as possible! ideally close to 100%! 70% + rubbing alcohol is common in USA, and not suitable for electronics +- Anti-ESD wrist/ankle strap, to protect against damage from electrostatic + discharge when working with circuit boards. + +Optionally: + +- Bring DIP8 25xx SPI chips with Libreboot, for ASUS KCMA-D8 or KGPE-D16, for the + conference goer to put in their D8/D16 when they get home. Also PLCC32 LPC + 1MB (or bigger, with padding at the beginning) chips for ASUS KFSN4-DRE +- Soldering equipment (knife tip, hot air, etc) for X200T flashing. NOTE: FSF has + soldering equipment in their office, you could ask them to lend it to you + if you're flashing a laptop there at the FSF office.