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    Phoronix: Don't Get Excited Over Coreboot Laptops Yet

    Unfortunately there isn't much to get excited over yet when it comes to using Coreboot on laptops...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA1MzM

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    Crap... I was hoping to get a new AMD Trinity with coreboot this year.

    So I guess it's not happenning and we'll have to use UEFI that is bigger than the kernel itself. Awesome.

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    I wonder if "we" opened a dialog with the coreboot dev community and tried to get some funding for a "Headhunting Mission" on one of the nicer looking AMD Trinity systems, if possibly we could get at least one coreboot system up.

    Food for thought anyhow,
    Gary
    P.S. I for one would donate to that cause.

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    I'm sure if you posted this on the coreboot mailing list, someone would step up

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_Socket_FM1/F1A75V/ (F1A75-V)

    would be my personal suggestion. Doesn't have weird extra chips to offer extra options, cheap and does feature the graphic card connectors on the motherboard. Hard to find though (couldn't find it on newegg).

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    I am dissapointed with this talk. I had very high expectacions, but I heard nothing I already didn't know(on the technical side). I also want caroboot trinity, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliver View Post
    I'm sure if you posted this on the coreboot mailing list, someone would step up

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_Socket_FM1/F1A75V/ (F1A75-V)

    would be my personal suggestion. Doesn't have weird extra chips to offer extra options, cheap and does feature the graphic card connectors on the motherboard. Hard to find though (couldn't find it on newegg).
    The "F1A75-V PRO" seems to be much more common. I'm biased in that regard since I own one, but considering that I bought it at a local independent store I think it's a fair conclusion that it's widely distributed. I'm not sure any of the extra chips (extra USB3 controller, extra SATA controller, any others?) would actively cause problems. The "Asus TPU" sounds like the sort of OEM secret sauce that might screw things up, but it can apparently be turned off manually via a switch (unless this is just some GPIO pin that the BIOS reads and then tells the chip to turn itself off, which probably isn't out of the question).
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    Well, I'm looking for one of the more powerful notebooks in the not so far future: HD 6950 or better, 16 gb ram, 2 hard disks, 17 inch, i7 2... etc.
    I don't quite understand the resistance against that kind of notebook in a reasonable price span... Looks like a Samsung NP-700G7A or Schenker XMG P701 to me.

    And interesting features like coreboot? No chance at all it seems. Instead I'll still be stuck with a crappy BIOS. And by crappy I mean, lacking any reasonable configurability or downright buggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HokTar View Post
    Crap... I was hoping to get a new AMD Trinity with coreboot this year.

    So I guess it's not happenning and we'll have to use UEFI that is bigger than the kernel itself. Awesome.
    Hit up System76 and Zareason, maybe if we all keep badgering them they'll get something able to load Coreboot with an AMD A10 Trinity APU. Why them? Cause they're the only shops I know of that sell only Linux x86 laptops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HokTar View Post
    Crap... I was hoping to get a new AMD Trinity with coreboot this year.

    So I guess it's not happenning and we'll have to use UEFI that is bigger than the kernel itself. Awesome.
    I am more or less in the same boat, if we are talking about desire for it.
    Todays A8 APUs are almost at that special performance sweetspot, and Trinity will likely be at exactly that sweetspot or a bit better. Besides, most of the boards and laptops that will be shipped will be crippled by the lack of a good BIOS.

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