[Arm-netbook] the potato mainboard

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Fri Jan 26 17:23:40 GMT 2018

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:57 PM, Jean Flamelle <eaterjolly at gmail.com> wrote:

> Considering how complicated and deep the issue of libre firmware can
> go, I wish they provided more documentation.

 sigh yeah, one of the first things i do when tracking a new board is,
create a page and document the compile and board-bringup process.

 the RK3288 was absolute hell for completely different reasons.  the
internet is *completely overwhelmed* by ill-informed
"wannabe-a-hacker" wordpress sites claiming to have the world's most
easiest, most best, "it's"-ism'd documented method of installing
{insert free os here}.  most of them turn out to be chroot startup
methods or keep the UEFI-partition-infested variant of u-boot that
google insists on spamming the world with.

 booting any given processor is actually really really simple and
straightforward, but you have to accept that it is at least a
three-stage bootstrap process.  once you recognise - and accept - that
pattern, it's really quite easy to spot, and you don't *need* so much
in the way of "documentation".  finding the source code for the
components (u-boot, linux kernel), *that* tends to be the main
challenge, and you have to find the people who can tell you where to
find those.

 in the case of the RK3288, that turned out to be #linux-rockchip on
freenode.  it's going to vary on a case-by-case basis.


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