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So there are fully blob-free desktop computers. For $3100. Based on… IBM POWER8. Wow. I didn’t even think IBM would be the one to work on the most open CPUs.

A much more realistic way to blob-free computing seems to be the open Raspberry Pi firmware. It’s not a drop-in replacement yet, but it already runs ARM code with access to the SD card and the UART console!

Oh, and the Raspberry Pi is great from the β€œState considered harmful” perspective β€” everything is loaded from the SD card. Which also makes experimenting with replacing the firmware very safe and easy.


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