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Libreboot 20211122 is now available. Released today, 22 November 2021. Release announcement available to read, here:

libreboot.org/news/libreboot20

This is why I only recommend Core 2 Quad Q9000 on T400/T500/W500 quad-core mods. The photo shows a stress test.

4233rpm fan speed! The temperatures are just within safety limits. A QX9300 would cause higher temperatures, forcing crazy fan speeds (7000rpm).

Look after your fans!

I published an article:
libreboot.org/news/usa-libre.h

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:

twitter.com/cooljeanius/status

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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:

gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_stat

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)

Leah Rowe boosted

#Gitea is joining the fediverse 🎉 We can now announce we've been accepted into the #NLnet funding round that we applied to. nlnet.nl/project/Gitea/

Thank you to @NGIZero @dachary @forgefriends and so many others for getting us to this point.

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 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:

github.com/librerpi

this customer is getting osboot+debian, on an x200. i'm pushing to ship all orders for new year

today i made serious optimizations to libreboot & osboot's grub.cfg in the grub payload, improving boot speeds! i'm shipping newer osboot/libreboot built fresh from my local git repos

I use quality Arctic MX-4 thermal paste. It provides the best performance. Another trick when doing the T400/T500 quad core mod is to drill holes in the case, in just the right places in a pattern as in the photo; it improves airflow, reducing temperature by a few degrees on stress tests.

Toasty!

This is the T400 with Core 2 Quad Q9000. With the *default* heatsink for non-ATI models.

Q9000 still runs within safe limits on a stress test. You can mod the case, for improved ventilation.

I plan to make a guide for libreboot.org and osboot.org

Downloading source code. This is the best part.

This is the final thing that happens before I ship your laptop.

I'm installing a mix of distros (debian, trisquel, void... you name it) on many different osboot and libreboot laptops. Ready for shipping from December 29th onwards.

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.

Happy hacking!

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vimuser.org/1337box.html

Completely bloat-free, javascript-free lightbox implementations. Insanely optimized, pure CSS. Makes viewing images on web pages more user-friendly.

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:

vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=CfsAH9H

Untitled Static Site Generator now supports translations! Example multi-language using untitled: trans.chat

Translations wanted for libreboot.org!

Make .xx.include/.xx.md files for md/include files in 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: notabug.org/untitled/untitled

Documentation: untitled.vimuser.org

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 libreboot.org/docs/gnulinux/gr

I'm probably going to try both approaches and see which effort I abandon first.

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Reimplement a subset of linux. Reuse linux driver code. Tiny C lib, busybox-like userland, posix shell.. a tiny, tiny OS. Write a bootloader on top. Busybox-style design, with multiboot+uefi and more. Similar to GRUB's design but without the legacy crap(bloat). Is this idea sane?

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