Libreboot 20211122 is now available. Released today, 22 November 2021. Release announcement available to read, here:
I published an article:
A bill is proposed in New Hampshire that, if passed, will force state agencies to use free software, and to facilitate its use by the public.
If you live in/near New Hampshirp, consider attending the reading of the bill, to voice your support.
Thank @cooljeanius (Eric Gallager) for creating this bill! If you live near New Hampshire, USA, please attend the reading on January 11th.
I've linked to Eric's instructions for attendees, in my article.
If you live in the US, you should try to get to New Hampshire for the hearing; it's on January 11th, 2022. The more people show up, the better. (I live in the UK, but I do have followers from the US)
This twitter thread has the info:
What if a government passed a bill enshrining software freedom, and free software principles, into law?
I've been informed that the state of New Hampshire (in USA) is considering passing this bill:
My own country (United Kingdom) could take a leaf out of NH's book.
(I said earlier that it had passed the bill, but I was wrong. I was corrected: it's a reading, the bill isn't actually passed yet)
We are very much looking forward to many wonderful things that federation within forges can support.
This is Minifree. The room with the green walls is where I do packing. The other photos show my lab. This is where the magic happens.
I spent the last few days tidying!
(in the lab photos you see some things blurred out. I did this in GNU Gimp before uploading)
I'm working hard to get Minifree orders shipped out. If you haven't received shipping notification yet, you will soon.
I've cut the price of the Libre X230 on https://minifree.org
It's now £318, down from £398. T400 is still reduced at £358. Both machines come with osboot, based on Libreboot, which replaces proprietary BIOS/UEFI firmware. With your choice of GNU+Linux distro.
Happy new year!
Fun fact: you can run a Raspberry Pi, fully libre.
On up to rpi3, you can replace the GPU/boot blob. I'm told everything except HDMI works (but you can use a "VGA 666" adapter PCB, for analog RGB output).
It's based on earlier work, but with many fixes:
I added extra files, ending in _shadow.css
These add a shadow behind the enlarged image. With these versions, the effect looks similar to what you see on traditional lightbox galleries. A few people complained so I added it.
The default files are still shadow-free, serving as a reference implementation.
The optimized version is currently 140 bytes!
I've had this for a while now, and thought I'd publish it.
Anyway in 2016, GRUB decided *not* to merge LUKS patches adding plain dm-crypt, detached header and keyfile support.
I'm adapting the patches for modern GRUB. GRUB since added LUKS2 support; I'm adapting that too.
The patches are in Libreboot 20160907's GRUB and the author, John Lane, updated them in 2018: see: grub.johnlane.ie
I'm pausing to fulfil final Minifree orders for Christmas but I will continue working on GRUB next week.
Hacking GNU code is a lot like this:
Untitled Static Site Generator now supports translations! Example multi-language using untitled: https://trans.chat
Translations wanted for http://libreboot.org!
Make .xx.include/.xx.md files for md/include files in https://notabug.org/libreboot/lbwww where xx is de, nl etc
Look at at lang/en/strings.cfg in untitled.git
Do one for your language if it doesn't exist. E.g. lang/de/strings.cfg
untitled.git available here: https://notabug.org/untitled/untitled
My other backup plan is: fork GRUB and start stripping it down, make the code smaller, perhaps fix some bugs too, improve its LUKSv1/v2 and GPG support, for secure boot like in https://libreboot.org/docs/gnulinux/grub_hardening.html
I'm probably going to try both approaches and see which effort I abandon first.