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Re: Choosing Hardware: cpu, motherboard

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: Choosing Hardware: cpu, motherboard
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:48:35 +0100
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address@hidden writes:

> I am choosing my new desktop computer configuration using catalogue of
> free hardware
> <> . There are not cpus and
> motherboards.  I am not sure Ryzen 7 is what I need, cause I do not
> know how to choose top cpu without vulnerabilities.
> I've noted that Minifree X200 goes with Intel SL 9400
> <> , but excuse me
> 1.8GHz is too slow even for booting GuixSD.

Not sure if you’re serious, but here goes: I’m using Guix on a netbook
with 1GHz Atom CPU, and booting is certainly fast enough.

> Also, I've found TaurinusX200
> <> but there is not
> specified cpu, only Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26-2.66 GHz (?).

I also had a Core 2 Duo before (in an X200S).  Works fine too.

> I've found Talos II Lite here
> <> but I think
> GuixSD has no IBM Power9 support.

We don’t have any Power 9 developer machines, so we can’t port it (and
test the port).

> I'll try to flash motherboard with Libreboot or Coreboot, so I need
> compatible motherboard. Here are some cpu boards
> <> but I
> think that is not my variant.

You may want to check on the Coreboot wiki for a list of compatible


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