While we wait for “Submit firmware to “Linux Vendor Firmware Service” (LVFS) for easy updating”, I have tried the manual update process. It’s kind of scary: it’s basically
curl https://puri.sm/something | sudo bash seemingly without any cryptographic verification beyond HTTPS. I would have expected some validation like OpenPGP signatures or something more at least. But let’s leave that aside for the moment.
I’m writing here to report a regression that was introduced in this upgrade. I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out which version I updated from (I seem to remember I was running SeaBIOS 1.11) but since the upgrade (to SeaBIOS 1.12), the resolution of the splash screen is a little out of whack. While the first Purism logo that pops up after the SeaBIOS bit used to be all nice and shiny, now it’s bigger and blurry. It looks like the resolution of the display doesn’t get initialized properly. This also affects my grub display, which is “bigger” than it was before, and also leaves a blank aread on the right of the screen.
I’d be happy to provide screenshots or videos – although I’m not sure how to do that at boot time short of using an external camera – if you tell me where to put those (here?)…
It’s not a deal breaker: the machine still boots and the display is readable. It’s just too bad because it was looking much better before and it doesn’t feel like much of an upgrade at all.
(It would be great if the updater script would also show which versions we’re upgrading from and to, along with release notes, by the way…)
Thanks in advance,
PS: I’m writing here because that’s what i was told to do in the coreboot post, let me know if I should send this somewhere else.