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Can you boot r/pi without binary blobs? Last time I saw it was not possible.
> The BeagleBoard and PandaBoard were eventually discarded as being too slow at graphics
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Posted Mar 1, 2013 7:15 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
The Pi has a boot-time (BIOS equivalent) binary blob, and the GPU (video card equivalent) runs a binary blob. However, you have source to absolutely everything running in Linux (both the kernel and userspace, with no binary firmware blobs loaded by the kernel)
is this perfect? no. but it's pretty good
Posted Mar 1, 2013 8:18 UTC (Fri) by hrw (subscriber, #44826)
r/pi still need bootloader blobs to get the GPU up which in turn boots up the CPU. And this is a thing which keeps me away from that old (due to arm11) platform.
Posted Mar 1, 2013 19:26 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
They've already had several updates for the initialization blob, and more are expected (to enable the camera and display ports on the card)
But for people who would rather have such blobs in built-in flash or ROM rather than on the SD card flash that you boot from, I can see how the Pi would not fit your requirements.
Posted Mar 1, 2013 19:27 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted Mar 2, 2013 3:22 UTC (Sat) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
Nonsense. There are plenty of arm systems you can boot without any binary blob. I have dealt with several myself. And none are using coreboot.
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