[Community] [Gta04-owner] Looking for a new project name (gta04-kernel)

Lukas Maerdian luk at slyon.de
Thu Jun 11 09:47:48 CEST 2015

Am 11.06.2015 um 07:28 schrieb Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller:
> Am 11.06.2015 um 02:01 schrieb Neil Brown <neilb at suse.de>:
>> On Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:12:43 +0200
>> "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at goldelico.com> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> as you all know we are maintaining a “production” kernel for GTA04 devices and are working to
>>> get it (again) feature complete (i.e. that it supports all bits and pieces of the GTA04 hardware
>>> including good power management for daily use).
>>> We have made progress - but we are still not there. Linux 4.1-rc7 is now available (see our
>>> Twitter postings) and so will become a long-term kernel in 4.1.x in 1-2 weeks.
>>> While all this work started as a kernel for the GTA04 device (Letux2804) it has broadened
>>> its scope over the past years to other ARM based devices. Still mainly OMAP3 but also
>>> OMAP4 and OMAP5. A list of the currently supported devices is here:
>>> 	http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-kernel/page/Platforms/
>>> We already support these different boards with a single kernel binary and modules - just
>>> the device tree files differ. 
>>> As a next step, we will work on 4.2.
>>> It looks as if Linux 4.2 might bring Device Tree to MIPS machines as well, and therefore there
>>> are chances to finally support even more machines as we already do. Well, not always with the
>>> same binary kernel (ARM vs. MIPS instruction set). But it suffices to just run it twice with different
>>> cross-compilers.
>>> Two of the interesting devices might be well known to this community: Letux 400 MiniBook
>>> and the Ben Nanonote.
>>> This shows a big trend of Linux Kernels: they become more universal and the list of boards
>>> that can be supported is becoming broader.
>>> Therefore, I think we should recognise that “GTA04-Kernel” (and GTA04-boot, -rootfs etc.) is becoming
>>> a misleading name (since GTA04 is just a specific piece of OMAP3+GTM601W hardware), as it implies
>>> a narrow focus that is no longer the case.
>>> And with the new gta04-makesd script we already give the user the impression that we maintain
>>> a “Distribution” for different devices.
>>> So, let me open a discussion and request proposals how we could rename our “Distribution”.
>>> Some aspects to think about:
>>> * it is ARM, OMAP but not necessarily (MIPS is on the radar screen)
>>> * it has its roots in Openmoko, Freerunner, Letux
>>> * and wants to bring long-term support for these devices (if possible)
>>> * should be easy to recognise
>>> * not be used by any similar project to avoid confusion
>>> * the main idea is to add minimally to Linux kernel what should already be there and work permanently on upstreaming
>>> * but it is not only kernel. It is boot loader, makesd script, Debian rootfs, Replicant and potentially other user space flavours
>>> Now, the stage is open for your ideas and comments:
>> How about
>>  openphoenux
>> ??
>> I presume you thought of that
> Ahem. No. Sometimes you don’t see the obvious. Especially if you get older :)
>> and rejected it.  Could you explain why?
> Well, there are some aspects:
> 1. community should be involved and decide
> 2. “openphoenux kernel” is a little long and difficult to speak - isn’t it? So alternatives should get a chance.

How about "OP-Kernel", short for "OpenPhoenux Kernel"? The repo could be
called op-kernel and on the wiki etc the full name could be used, for a
better understanding of "OP".


> Another obvious choice would be “Letux”. It was coined [1] exactly as what we are looking for: a full Linux distro for handheld devices.
> The first one was for the Acer n30 [2].
> Looks a little confusing. Agreed. Therefore we need to do some house keeping.
> BR and thanks,
> Nikolaus
> [1]: http://projects.goldelico.com/p/letux/
> [2]: http://projects.goldelico.com/p/letux-n30/
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