[Arm-netbook] Side-Topic: Liberating PocketCHIP

Bill Kontos vkontogpls at gmail.com
Thu May 4 11:04:55 BST 2017

Why is there an intel blob on the chip. I didn't know there was intel ip in

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 10:04 AM, John Luke Gibson <eaterjolly at gmail.com>

> Since it seems like a trivially simple task that for some reason no
> one has taken up, I would like to take the opportunity to exercise a
> learning experience and simultaneously benefit the community, by
> liberating PocketCHIP by deblobbing the source and re-compiling.
> Browsing the archives to see if this had been talked about before, I
> find it very incredibly humourous I got name dropped on the mailing
> list by Parobath:
> > Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 20:13:10 +0200
> > From: Parobalth <parobalth at gmail.com>
> > To: arm-netbook at lists.phcomp.co.uk
> > Subject: closed-source BootROM and RYF certification
> > User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)
> >
> > At the forum of NextThing Chip is a thread about Chip and a
> > possible RYF certification. I wrote there that I think that is unlikely
> > to happen and linked to https://www.crowdsupply.com/
> eoma68/micro-desktop/updates/fsf-ryf-background.
> > Then someone else mentioned that a closed-source BootROM is used for
> Chip.
> > Another guy with username "eaterjolly" wrote about this BootROM: "The
> same type of SOC is
> > used for the EOMA croud project which is vying for ryf-endorsement quite
> > openly [...]"
> >
> > You can find the forum thread here:
> > https://bbs.nextthing.co/t/ntc-thoughts-on-ryf-endorsement/4490
> >
> > Because they use Discourse to power their forum which relies heavily on
> > JavaScript I also attach a Pdf version of the forum post.
> >
> > I wonder if the mentioned statements are correct and how it relates to
> > the RYF certification of the EOMA68-A20 Libre Tea card.
> >
> > kind regards
> > Paro
> Like reading that URL, I was like? didn't I start that thread? then I
> re-read the post and noticed I was quoted in the email xD I didn't
> participate in the list back then, cause I was afraid my ignorance
> would be spurred, of course I know that not to be true in hindsight.
> Feels a bit melodramatic being name dropped on a linux mailing list,
> usually you only see legends get mentioned by name when they aren't
> around xD
> Anywhoo, I more or less just wanted to start this thread because I
> wanted to know if any one could point out anything that would need be
> removed besides the wifi firmware. I searched the sunix-uboot
> repository on github for the word blob and got a few interesting hits
> for the code in the folder binman:
> https://github.com/linux-sunxi/u-boot-sunxi/search?q=blob
> Particularly in files mentioning the devil:
> "# Entry-type module for Intel Chip Microcode binary blob"
> I suppose this is just another aspect of mainlining, meant to be
> parsed out once it's discovered that there are no such blobs in the
> kernel, but personally I'd feel more comfortable with a script
> removing these sections of the code altogether.
> If I had been actually reading the list digests back when I could have
> posted more accurate information in that thread rather than just
> guessing. Well, I suppose I can do so now.
> How humorous it is though too that I've run into the same 40k file
> limit? Small tiny things suggesting the work of the vicissitudes of
> fate, much like deja vu in the matrix.
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