How does the Pinebook Pro boot?
#1
Hello.

Well, as the subject says I would like to know how the Pinebook Pro boots. Does it have a UEFI (arggh) or does it use something reasonable like Coreboot / Libreboot / Das U-Boot etc. I am happy enough to own a notebook without Intel's ME but a privacy-conscious boot-manager would be the icing on the cake.

Yours faithfully
Stefan
#2
(07-06-2019, 07:02 AM)stefan.schumacher Wrote: Hello.

Well, as the subject says I would like to know how the Pinebook Pro boots. Does it have a UEFI (arggh) or does it use something reasonable like Coreboot / Libreboot / Das U-Boot etc. I am happy enough to own a notebook without Intel's ME but a privacy-conscious boot-manager would be the icing on the cake.

Yours faithfully
Stefan

Uboot
#3
Will it support some kind of multi boot from eMMC / NVMe, using GRUB or something else?
#4
(07-09-2019, 12:02 AM)Wizzard Wrote: Will it support some kind of multi boot from eMMC / NVMe, using GRUB or something else?

The possibility to dual-boot will come sometime after launch. @Mrfixit2001 has just gotten uboot to display a menu similar to GRUB at boot -- currently the purpose of it is to allow users to roll back to a previous kernel in the event a kernel upgrade has gone wrong. But obviously it could also be used to 'point' to rootfs.
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#5
I would be nice to be able to flash Coreboot as the boot firmware...since that is what ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 uses...https://github.com/rockchip-linux/coreboot/tree/master/src/soc/rockchip/rk3399...but with a different payload...not DepthCharge... maybe GRUB2... Tianocore... https://doc.coreboot.org/payloads.html

Slower boot, yes, but with GRUB2 this would make the laptop function more like a PC and be easier to install other distros...
Alexander Graf: uEFI grub2 on Raspberry Pi (to Das u-Boot to GRUB2 to SUSE)
https://youtu.be/bNL1pd-rwCU
#6
(07-09-2019, 05:54 AM)Luke Wrote: @Mrfixit2001 has just gotten uboot to display a menu similar to GRUB at boot

I'm guessing this is using "extlinux"?
#7
(08-09-2019, 10:15 AM)Thra11 Wrote:
(07-09-2019, 05:54 AM)Luke Wrote: @Mrfixit2001 has just gotten uboot to display a menu similar to GRUB at boot

I'm guessing this is using "extlinux"?

I believe so yes
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#8
Can anyone provide a guide how to enable and configure that uboot menu? I know some people already have their PBP, so they could try and test it.

And this thread should be moved to Pinebook Pro subforum.
#9
(10-03-2019, 01:16 AM)Wizzard Wrote: Can anyone provide a guide how to enable and configure that uboot menu? I know some people already have their PBP, so they could try and test it.

And this thread should be moved to Pinebook Pro subforum.

Moved
#10
(10-03-2019, 01:16 AM)Wizzard Wrote: Can anyone provide a guide how to enable and configure that uboot menu? I know some people already have their PBP, so they could try and test it.

And this thread should be moved to Pinebook Pro subforum.

Moved


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