v1.1 release is out!

Courtesy of Pete Batard, a new release is out. Again, this is very early in development, so the usual caveats apply – not all OSes will behave as expected and there’s not much yet in terms of step-by-step instructions.


What’s inside this release?

“GENET” refers to the on-board Gigabit Ethernet controller on the Raspberry Pi 4. The ACPI bindings for GENET will allow networking use under Linux. The upstream Linux enablement is still a work in progress, so see the relevant bcmgenet patches. For 5.x see https://lkml.kernel.org/lkml/?q=bcmgenet and for 4.19 see https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=950578.

ServerReady Pi 4B at Packet’s IFX 2019

In December 2019 I attended Packet’s IFX 2019 conference as part of VMware’s presence in the Hardware Petting Zoo area. Among many other interesting things, I had demonstrated a Raspberry Pi 4B running our in-development VMware ESXi hypervisor, booted of course with this very same ServerReady/SBBR UEFI firmware 😊.

I had also gave a presentation on the Pi 4 UEFI project, explaining not only why Edge Compute should be standards compliant and a homogeneous ecosystem, but be ServerReady compliant. Of course I primarily gave an update on the state of the Pi 4 support. Here is an awful video recording as well  🤣.