[Cryptography] The Crypto Pi

Jonathan Thornburg jthorn at astro.indiana.edu
Fri Jan 2 19:42:49 EST 2015

On Fri, 2 Jan 2015 raindog wrote:
>The R Pi runs a mass of closed-source, proprietary firmware that can never
>be audited. You're loading this firmware into the kernel and trusting it
>what it says it does. For some applications you don't care about that, but for this...
>It's one of the major drawbacks of the R Pi. I would love to see something like this that runs on
>hardware that is more open (such as the BeagleBone).

On Fri, Jan 02, 2015 at 06:30:19PM +0100, Ralf Senderek wrote:
> I don't know how much more auditable the beagle bone will be compared to the Raspberry Pi.
> To be honest, we don't have a platform that is completely auditable and
> probably won't get one in the near future.

What about the PC Engines Alix (AMD Geode LX800 CPU @ 500 MHz, 256MB RAM)
or APU (AMD T40E dual-core CPU @ 1GHz, 2GB or 4GB RAM) boards,
They have the full circuit schematics on their website, plus GPL-ed BIOS
source/binary code available, and they don't require any "binary-blob"

They have excellent free-software support, including OpenBSD, FreeBSD,
many different Linux distributions, and assorted "internet appliance"
hardware/software setups.


-- "Jonathan Thornburg [remove -animal to reply]" <jthorn at astro.indiana-zebra.edu>
   Dept of Astronomy & IUCSS, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
   "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched
    at any given moment.  How often, or on what system, the Thought Police
    plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.  It was even conceivable
    that they watched everybody all the time."  -- George Orwell, "1984"

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