[Arm-netbook] Mele a10 hacking

Mike Thompson mpthompson at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 03:06:11 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 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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