The pink room – a coreboot developer meeting in Prague

A highly unusual sight? Yes. A pink room filled to the brim with hardware, hackers and pizza boxes.
An unexpected place? Indeed. The architecture faculty building of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
An unusual schedule for four days in Prague? Of course. Intense hacking, talks, discussions and hardware destruction/modding.
Highly unusual sightseeing? Absolutely. A steam-powered wastewater treatment plant and the Prague Signal Festival.
Excellent food? Oh yes. Czech specialties at really low prices.
Disasters? Not really. There were canceled trains/planes from and to Prague affecting quite a few of the attendees, but those were eventually overcome.
Bad things? Possibly. We did unspeakable things to BIOS and EFI images, and we’re proud of it, so I’m not sure if that qualifies as bad.
Great meeting? Awesome meeting!

So what did we do?
– Found a way forward for the dozens of boards which haven’t been tested in ages.
– Overhauled the board status reporting model, so be implemented soon.
– Evaluated ways to get board testing into a state where people can do so easily without manual work.
– Discussed hardware vendor interaction.
– Agreed to ship verified boot functionality by default in a way which still keeps all the freedom for the user.
– coreboot will get a compelling security story out of the box.
– Fixed bugs in some ports.
– Ported a few new laptops.
– Learned new tricks to improve suspend-to-RAM functionality the easy way.
– Made a plan to upstream essential drivers in the chromiumos branch of flashrom.
– Adjusted the flashrom development model to something that works with the scarcity of reviewer time currently available.
– Found out that a video projector is a nice way to test VGA output in case the only VGA capable monitor is in use.
– Noticed that pretty much every question in the form of “does anybody have X” can be answered with “yes” if X is something that may be connected to a computer or is remotely useful for coreboot.
– Didn’t get a lot of sleep.
– Listened to talks aboutĀ the present and future of coreboot.
– Met some longtime community members for the first time.

Photos of the meeting and sightseeing will be added soon.

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Carl-Daniel Hailfinger

coreboot and flashrom developer