[Arm-netbook] Mele a10 hacking

Mike Thompson mpthompson at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 03:03:48 BST 2012

On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM, lkcl luke <luke.leighton at gmail.com> wrote:

> > BTW, one of my goals is to get a port going of Debian armhf tailored for
> the
> > Raspberry Pi.  The standard Debian armhf port should work great on the
> Mele
> > A1000 once the kernel issues are worked out, but this is not the case for
> > the Raspberry Pi which needs everything recompiled for the ARMv6+VFP
> > capabilities of it's CPU.  That's a pretty tall order and one that is
> still
> > to be determined as being worthwhile.
>  bear in mind: the CPU is booted by the GPU, which is proprietary.
> why would _any_ debian developer want to aid and assist broadcom to
> further its goals of keeping total absolute control over its hardware?

I'm not actually a Debian developer, but rather an enthusiast of small
systems and Debian is a great platform that has just always worked for me.
I'm a fairly adept user of Debian, but now I'm being forced to learn how
it's put together it at a much deeper level. I love the concept of free and
open software and have created open projects in the past, but I also am a
bit pragmatic in this regards.  Just as Microsoft is Microsoft, Apple is
Apple, the RPi is what it is. Hopefully Rhombus and similar efforts will
prevail, but the RPi efforts do have some attraction even if the black box
aspects are irksome.  Besides, with their launch snafus they seem to be
shooting themselves in the foot right now and blowing a lot of good PR.
It's sad, but it does create an opportunity for other efforts to steal
their thunder.

In any case, hopefully a fully working kernel will be available for the
A1000 by the time my hardware shows up.  But if not, I'll lend a hand where
I can.

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