Dear Miguel Angel,
Raptor Engineering has been hard at work trying to fund the creation of hardware that comes with only free software. Their latest target is helping to port OpenBMC to the ASUS KGPE-D16, a mainboard for workstations and servers. While the board currently can be used with Libreboot or Coreboot, the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) currently requires a proprietary blob to function. This limits some of the board's functionality for users of a fully free system. By porting OpenBMC to the board, Raptor Engineering hopes to re-enable that functionality, particularly remote management. But they just need a little more help from you to make that a reality, and there are only a few days left before funding ends on March 1st.
They've already met almost 90% of the funding needed to pay for the port. With just a little over six thousand more in pledges, the goal will be fully funded. They have several stretch goals as well, that would likewise be beneficial for software freedom. With only two thousand
more in additional pledges, they will be able to fund work to enable IPMI-based remote serial console access. And four thousand more in additional pledges would add BMC-based thermal management.
All of these tasks would go a long ways towards improving the ASUS KGPE-D16's functionality in a fully free environment, particularly for data centers. As Raptor Engineering notes on their crowdfunding page:
Anyone handling more than a couple of servers in a data center type environment, or in cases where even a single server is colocated in a remote facility, will require the remote management features provided by a typical BMC. Not having these features available will severely limit the use of server class coreboot systems outside of those few corporations that still retain expensive, antiquated rack-level hardware power management and console redirect systems—not being able to remotely power cycle your server or drop to a secure recovery console is a deal breaker for all but the smallest, non-production setups.
Funding this project will really give free software a leg up in terms of capability and reliability. With Raptor Engineering being so close to accomplishing this goal, will you be the one to help push them over the edge? Please support their project by visiting
their crowdfunding page and making a pledge by March 1st.
Donald Robertson, III
Licensing & Compliance Manager