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Re: Guix on the MNT Reform

From: Vagrant Cascadian
Subject: Re: Guix on the MNT Reform
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2021 09:47:02 -0700

On 2021-09-08, Christine Lemmer-Webber wrote:
> Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli <> writes:
>> Here this I'MX8 issue also affect the Librem5 for instance, and
>> probably several other devices as well. And the neat thing about the
>> Librem 5 is that as I understand is that the modem and the WiFi cards
>> are removable.
> I am guessing the Pinephone has a similar issue (or more) though I'm not
> sure.

The Pinephone doesn't have that specific issue, as it's a different CPU
(Allwinner A64), the same used on the pine64+ and pinebook, which are
supported in Guix's u-boot. I vaguely recall those boards having similar
types of issues early on requiring some binary blobs, but it was fixed
in u-boot upstream with a free implementation!

> Pinephone doesn't have removeable cards, though it does have kill
> switches, which is neat.  I guess "removeable" is better if it also
> means "replaceable" though.

Yeah, one of the many features that pushed me over the edge in
supporting the mnt/reform was all the swappable components; if
reverse-engineering does not happen for one of the few components that
isn't already free, the component liklely can be swapped out for one
with a free implementation. And the inherent upgradability in designing
something with swappable components...

live well,

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