[coreboot] flashrom and list of computers

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Fri Jun 6 16:57:59 CEST 2008

On 06.06.2008 16:43, walter harms wrote:
> it is nice to see that so many people like the idea ... :)
> back to basics. my suggestion was to have a list and perhaps a utility
> that allows coreboot/flashrom to collect chip data from various box
> in the hope to seek out easy targets and give the developers a new incentive.

We have two different problems:
- Not enough developers for coreboot. Having more system data in a
database will not help at all. We need more developers to complete
existing targets or create new ones.
- Not enough system data for flashrom. That's why we tell people to test
flashrom and report success/failure.

> I do not thing that the myriad PC boards need that much support. A very interessting
> target could the std. desktop PC deployed by companies (DELL,HP, etc ..)
> That would open a whole new area: a desktop PC that boots linux instandly.
> Since journey starts with the first step and coreboot simply need a database about
> deployed systems and there chipsets. To get many users as possible to submit data
> a *simple* script is need that collect the informations and sends it directly to coreboot.org.
> Next question: who will write that script ?

I wrote such a script a few months ago and sent it to the list.

The best thing someone new to coreboot/flashrom can do easily is testing
flashrom everywhere. After that, the next step is to find a machine
supported by coreboot and install coreboot there. Entering real coreboot
development is difficult and comes later.


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