osboot/libreboot/heads/coreboot installation (send-in service)

£250.00

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Description

This is a standalone send-in service (where you send a computer for Minifree to work on). Your system will be worked on by Leah Rowe, the found and lead developer of both osboot and libreboot, and a competent electronics person. 3 year guarantee provided, after your product has been serviced.

Price is in GBP (British Pounds, £). This service is offered *worldwide*, to all countries. Profits from Minifree operations are used to fund research/development on osboot and libreboot.

Minifree recommends osboot, instead of Libreboot, but will give you Libreboot if requested. Learn the differences between Libreboot/osboot on the Minifree FAQ.

Please ask before ordering this, to know if your system is suitable for this service. Minifree will flash coreboot, osboot, libreboot or heads firmware, as per your specification. When you order, instructions will be provided for sending your machine in for servicing.

If the product is a laptop, the wifi will also be upgraded to one that is compatible with free drivers in the Linux kernel. On most laptops (e.g. Libreboot thinkpads), this will be an AR5BXB112 module, compatible with the ath9k driver.

Your choice of distro can also be installed, if you wish. e.g. Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, MXLinux, Devuan, Void, Alpine, OpenBSD, FreeBSD.

In general, your product will also be serviced and refurbished to the fullest extent that is feasible, or at the very least, fully cleaned.

16MB chip upgrade

If feasible (libreboot/osboot thinkpads), the flash IC will be upgraded to 16MB Winbond W25Q128FVSIG.

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Most laptops sold by Minifree have 8MB or 4MB chips, for installing osboot/coreboot/Libreboot onto. However, it is possible to upgrade these chips to 16MB capacity, by de-soldering the default chip and soldering on a 16MB chip. Minifree now does this, by default, on all laptops.

Having this much capacity will allow you to easily have a powerful busybox+linux system in the boot flash. In fact, a distro specifically designed for use with coreboot (osboot is based on coreboot) exists, which you can download and compile, and add to your ROM: https://www.linuxboot.org/

Adding Linuxboot by default is planned for future osboot and Libreboot releases. Linuxboot is a small busybox+linux system that provides a kexec-based bootloader called u-root. It has many advanced features, and it can parse grub.cfg files so it’s a drop-in replacement for GRUB. It’s very powerful and since it’s Linux based, that means it also has excellent networking features. You can do a lot with Linuxboot!

This feature is also planned for osboot.

When available, you will be able to install this update easily with a single flashrom command. No disassembly required. Minifree will provide assistance.