LibrePlanet is the annual conference held by the Free Software Foundation in Boston, MA, USA. This year, it’s being held at MIT university on March 23th and 24th. More details about it are here: https://libreplanet.org/2019/
The FSF isn’t officially hosting a Libreboot workshop at LibrePlanet this year. At the 2015 and 2016 LibrePlanet conference, there were workshops there run by myself and Patrick McDermott, a former member of the Libreboot project.
This year, like last year, the intention is to provide Libreboot flashing for conference goers on an unofficial basis. If you have SPI flashing hardware and would like to help out, then email Leah Rowe on firstname.lastname@example.org and your name will be added here. If you can provide a photo to be shared on this page, that will further assist attendees in finding you at the conference.
If you, the reader, are attending LibrePlanet this year, and you would like to get a Libreboot system flashed for you, then take it with you to LibrePlanet. There will be knowledgeable people there who can flash Libreboot for you.
I, Leah Rowe, would be grateful to anyone who can answer my call. I’m looking for people who can provide a Libreboot installation service at the FSF conference during the weekend.
Recommended areas to go for flashing peoples laptops/desktops at the conference:
Speakers lounge (behind the reception desk). There is normally space in there and nobody actually checks whether you are a speaker. If you volunteer to help with stuff it should be fine.
Tables outside the conference rooms (NOTE: no power sockets. Bring extension cables and duct tape, so you can tape the power cables to the ground to prevent trip hazards).
FSF office (before the conference, e.g. on Thursday, March 21st or Friday, March 22nd. Or Monday, March 25th at the FSF office. The FSF has an open door policy, so any person can show up to their office on 51 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston MA 02110. Either use the conference room if it’s free, or use the lobby area at the back of the office. The sysadmin office will probably be good too, if the sysadmins let you in there
Any room that is used for lightning talks (do it in the back, and be quiet so as to not disturb any talks that are in progress).
I would be grateful if anyone else would also be willing to provide flashing. I myself am not attending the conference physically, unfortunately.
Basically, all you need for flashing someone’s laptop at the conference is:
--workaround-mxon Macronix chips, if flashing an X200, otherwise flashing will be unreliable (see mailing list post linked above) - portability is important, in case you sit down with someone in a place without power sockets. See guides on libreboot.org for setting up SPI flashers, but ignore the notes about external PSUs and instead just wire up the flasher’s own 3v3 connection. The workaround-mx patch is here: https://notabug.org/consts/libreboot/raw/2caaac00972d9ea56b0fcd7c95897e90283b05b8/projects/flashrom/patches/0005-Workaround-MX25-reliable-operation.patch apply this on flashrom src and build with that. To use it, just pass the
--workaround-mxoption in flashrom.
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