[Arm-netbook] "allwinner's A10" codenamed "sun4i crane", linux kernel v2.6.36 patch available

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton luke.leighton at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 23:24:10 GMT 2011

On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM, Gordan Bobic <gordan at bobich.net> wrote:

>>  btw this is a situation that is only going to get worse, not better,
>> until linus gets his head out of the cloud called "x86 architecture
>> with a nice BIOS on top", accepts reality and accepts potential
>> solutions.
>  Endless code bloat isn't the solution, even if the SoC manufacturers
>  were to decide to provide long term support/maintenance of their kernel
>  contributions. The obvious solution is to come up with a standard ARM
>  BIOS - but the chances of that happening any time soon (and probably at
>  all) is pretty close to 0.

 correct.  i've been through the options.  the closest "solution" i
can come up with is the "selfish vs cooperative" decision-making
process.  it boils down to: if there is _any_ kind of "sharing" or
"cooperation" of _any_ kind, the patch goes through the normal
acceptance channels.  if there is zero sharing, there is zero chance
of acceptance, you don't even put it through the normal linux kernel
patch process *at all*.

 thus, things like "BIOSes" automatically qualify.  open standards,
likewise.  CPUs that are under free software licenses.  re-factoring
patches, reference boards, open PCB designs - all of these things
qualify as "cooperation".


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