[Arm-netbook] Side-Topic: Liberating PocketCHIP
doark at mail.com
Mon May 29 22:37:01 BST 2017
On Mon, 08 May 2017 09:59:50 +0100
"mike.valk at gmail.com" <mike.valk at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2017-05-08 3:34 GMT+02:00 <doark at mail.com>:
> > I apologize for DOS'ing the list, I can only get online about once a
> > week.
> > On Thu, 4 May 2017 17:13:23 +0200
> > "mike.valk at gmail.com" <mike.valk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > 2017-05-04 9:04 GMT+02:00 John Luke Gibson <eaterjolly at gmail.com>:
> > >
> > > > Since it seems like a trivially simple task that for some reason
> > > > no one has taken up, I would like to take the opportunity to
> > > > exercise a learning experience and simultaneously benefit the
> > > > community, by liberating PocketCHIP by deblobbing the source and
> > > > re-compiling.
> > >
> > > The PocketCHIP is powered by their SoM:
> > > http://linux-sunxi.org/NextThingCo_CHIP
> > >
> > > That is apparently a Allwinner R8 pared with an external rtl8723bs
> > > Wifi/BT chip.
> > >
> > > The R8 is a rebranded A13.
> > What? I own one of those and I'm almost certain that the CPU is an A7.
> > Let's boot the PocketCHIP up...
> > The processor is detected as an A7.
> It should be a Cortex-A8.
> The new chip GR8, which is specific SoC for NextThingCo, seems to be an
> "sun5i" as well. Also a slightly modified A13 I guess.
> The're seems to but mainline support for it. Icenowy Zheng has addid it
> I think. But the'res no wiki page fo it.
Sorry, I (foolishly) though that ARMv7 == A7 (i.e. a contraction).
> > I'll attach the output, it would probably be interesting to see all of
> > it...
> > Done, it's compressed bzip2 since it's ~300KiB decompressed which is
> > large for an email.
> Use pastebin or sorts. Or just cut out the specifica part.
Sorry, I thought the rest of it might be useful to look at.
> > You're not giving us enough details. Who is Verhaegen? What did he
> > burn out on?
> > When I first considered purchasing a PocketCHiP I read about the GPU
> > not having 3D capabilities because of a binary blob. So, the CHIP
> > folks hired (I think it was an extended goal of the kickstarter
> > campaign), a kernel dev to add support to the Linux kernel for the
> > GPU.
> That did not happen. The're is no Opensource linux driver for MALI. NTC
> hardly involves itself with the linux-sunxi community.
> Their website is hardly obvious to the software needs of running their
> How hard can it be....
> "To use our hardware you have two options: Our BSP which has closed
> source drivers, but you have full utilization of the hardware. Or use
> the mainline kernel with some restrictions"
Where is that quote from?
> And state your involvement in freeing the hardware or not.
> NTC website is just one big selling machine.
Prior to purchasing the Pocket CHIP I read their docs and kickstarter
page. See this (their kickstarter page says similar):
Are they flat out lying?
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