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Re: Debian on Pine64 H64B?


On Tue, Sep 07, 2021 at 10:29:40AM +0100, Pete Batard wrote:
> Hi Gunnar,
> On 2021.09.06 18:59, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> > Gene Heskett dijo [Sat, Sep 04, 2021 at 09:43:07AM -0400]:
> > > (...)
> > > So I found my own solutions. So, debian-arm, please make up your mind, do
> > > you support the pi's or do you NOT support the pi's?
> > 
> > Debian has a very clear line set: We do _NOT_ ship non-free software,
> > no exceptions. Given the Raspberries need a non-free firmware blob for
> > the GPU to hand over execution to the ARM CPU at bootup... Yes, that
> > clearly means no official Debian images exist for Raspberry Pi
> > hardware.
> I'd say that's not really true, since it's very much possible to
> install Bullseye on the Pi 4 using *vanilla* unmodified ARM64 Debian
> ISOs [1]. And the same has been true for Buster on the Pi 3 for some
> time too [2].

A small nitpick. While it's indeed possible to boot rebuilt UEFI on
Raspberry Pi3 (which is free software, since it's patched TianoCore),
and boot unmodified Debian ARM64 via said UEFI - the booting of UEFI
itself still requires Broadcom blobs, which are non-free software.


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