Author: Leah Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:17:23 +0000
Libreboot workshop at LibrePlanet 2019
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+% 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
+This year, like [last year](libreplanet2018-workshop.md), 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 [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 libreboot.org 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,
+- 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.
+- 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.