Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 21:38 UTC
Google In the announcement of the new Chromebook and Chromebox, I found this interesting tidbit: "And support for hardware-accelerated graphics, a built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad and an open-source firmware stack provide a much faster and more responsive computing experience." It's the open source firmware stack that interests me. Does anybody know how extensive this is?
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I know who will be happy...
by zima on Tue 29th May 2012 23:02 UTC
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

Open^H^H^H^HFree BIOS = more choices for Richard Stallman, if/when his Lemote ( http://richard.stallman.usesthis.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemote ) netbook dies.

Of course, I fully expect him to wipe out Chrome OS (however "nice" it seems to be becoming) in disgust ;)

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RE: I know who will be happy...
by pgeorgi on Wed 30th May 2012 07:24 in reply to "I know who will be happy..."
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

Open^H^H^H^HFree BIOS = more choices for Richard Stallman, if/when his Lemote ( http://richard.stallman.usesthis.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemote ) netbook dies.

Sandybridge (which the new systems are based on) doesn't execute even a single x86 instruction without an intel-signed binary only component in flash.

As I understand the FSF's definition, that would be a "blob". RMS will have to stick to Lemotes for a while longer.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh well. At least further developments ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemote#Loongson_3A_laptop ) start to look quite interesting - and they should continue, considering China's efforts to achieve technology independence.
I don't think RMS cares much about lack of x86 compatibility ;) (though, from the Wiki article about Loongson, it seems like the architecture has some provisions for speedy x86 emulation)

I guess it only fits that People's Republic of China might be the place that will bring Stallman 's dreams to reality... ;) (with the inevitable "spilling over" of their domestic technologies - first to Asia, then at least Africa and Latin America; most of the world, really)

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