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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Endorsed distro review for LibreCMC

From: Michał Masłowski
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Endorsed distro review for LibreCMC
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:05:47 +0200
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>> Interesting. Have you found any more blobs? If u-boot were compiled
>> using a tarball with the blobs included, would the device be running
>> nonfree code?
> No, because libreCMC does not target those architectures. You can't run
> PowerPC code on a MIPS CPU. It just does not work. The only targets we
> support
> are AR71xx/AR9xx SoC and Xburst CPU (which are based upon the MIPS
> architecture).

Yes, builds for some (most?) other SoCs too will work without these
files.  (I tried building u-boot-sunxi for a Cubieboard.  No build

> I'm working on creating a libre version of u-boot with the hopes of
> talking to
> the u-boot project in the future.

A version or tools to deblob any useful version?  Many boards that might
be good targets for non-embedded distros have their own forks of u-boot.

I used Linux-libre's deblob-check to find the blobs that I listed, with
some work on identifying false positives it could be useful for
generating freed u-boot tarballs.

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