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Alan Cox
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Hacker, model maker and very bad harpist
Hacker, model maker and very bad harpist

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Fake website fools Equifax staff - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41347467
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Maybe I am missing the point but all I got from the big Apple launch was that the new phone costs $1000 and won't play flappy bird...

My el cheapo Android phone still plays it just fine 8)
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My new printer wasn't an HP - guess why...

I don't buy HP systems either because they have an obnoxious policy of not making existing firmware updates available to old server systems not under support.

Not that HP are the only guilty party!
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On the subject of uEFI and ACPI and friends



Replace Your Exploit-Ridden Firmware with Linux - Ronald Minnich, Google

http://schd.ws/hosted_files/ossna2017/91/Linuxcon%202017%20NERF.pdf
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Apparently the fact you can legitimately and to spec embed DT in ACPI has escaped his notice.... ;-)

Real standardisation requires consensus and doing it by force never works out well because someone will always be willing to provide an alternative or the vendors get together and dump the party causing hassle - which in open source is really easy.

(posted because I had the misfortune to look earlier at some other Linux distribution that still really wasn't getting the point of server standards)

Current builds of RHEL for ARM contain patches that do two awesome things:

1). Fail to boot if you try "acpi=off"
2). Print a scary warning and taint the kernel if a DT is present on the platform

There are a few extra credit things too (all VMs are default only ACPI in the future, etc.) but you get the idea. If you're still shipping a server platform with any DeviceTree present at all, good luck ever getting any kind of certification if that's offered at any point in the future. Ultimately, I plan to have the kernel panic and fail to boot at all if there's a DT, but that's for a bit later. You will do only ACPI. And you will do it now. Don't say later that you weren't warned.
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