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

Neil Brown neilb at suse.de
Thu Jun 11 02:01:12 CEST 2015


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 and rejected it.  Could you explain why?

NeilBrown


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