Pinebook Pro?
(02-07-2019, 05:45 AM)soupbowl Wrote:
(02-06-2019, 03:53 PM)whm1974 Wrote:
(02-06-2019, 03:24 PM)soupbowl Wrote: Stabbing in the dark, but I think it's because ARM is mostly used in embedded systems, and has only recently began being adopted into other purposes. It weren't too long ago that PowerPC was a growing contender in the server market (and briefly Apple devices), then disappeared.

Will the PineTab adopt the same SD-Card preferential boot? Personally prefer this approach, makes distrohopping really easy.

Maybe they can use LibreBoot and Coreboot?
https://www.coreboot.org/
https://libreboot.org/

Either one would make things way easier for Linux and BSD distros to support ARM devices and PCs.

Will check out Libreboot in some more detail soon. I'm still boggled by the idea of no-BIOS, so I'll need to do some investigating.


Think of it as more of a boot-firmware (Coreboot/Libreboot) to a payload (DepthCharge UEFI)...and not a BIOS to a bootloader.

Libreboot stable currently only supports ASUS Chromebook C201 (Rockchip RK3288).  There are other ARM boards in development, but not the Pinebook Pro's (Rockchip RK3399), nor Wandaboard PICO-PI-IMX8M-4G-DEV (NXP i.MX8M).

AFAIK, Paul Kocialkowski did most of the porting work for Libreboot on ASUS C201: https://github.com/paulkocialkowski?tab=repositories
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https://www.notebookcheck.net/Rockchip-s...239.0.html

this would be a gr8 candidate for the pinebook 3 or other pine board !
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Assuming you're right, solid state storage (especially if you put in a m.2 SSD) might turn these machines into something that doesn't feel too slow for browsing, and other tasks that aren't too demanding.
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