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Re: Marvell PXA168/128 meg/800x600 LCD

Please excuse the newbie question, I have following the list for a bit
and doing a lot of reading

I have signed up to purchase one of the Via APC boards ( supposed to
be delivered in July according to the email I got from Via)

have been looking around and have not yet seen a port of Debian for
the Wondermedia WM8750
I have come across a couple of ports for the WM8650 , the main
differences it seems is the
8750 is based on the ARM1176JZF while the 8650 is based on the ARM926EJ-S

the rest of the block diagrams of the 8750 and 8650 look quite similar
my question's are and I assume that it depends on what boot roms on the APC

will I be able to boot a 8650 image on the 8750 ?
and have i missed a 8750 port any where ?

thanks again and sorry for the newbie question

Bruce G

On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM, Marek Vasut <marek.vasut@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Martin Michlmayr,
>> * tholed62082@mypacks.net <tholed62082@mypacks.net> [2012-06-12 11:11]:
>> > Debian should be possible on here, no?
>> It's possible to run Debian armel on this hardware.
>> > Would any of the armel installers work on here do you think or would
>> > I have to start from scratch?
>> The installer won't work.  ARM is not like x86 where one
>> kernel/installer will work on the majority of PCs.
> Unless you do DT. And if you use mainline kernel, that's the way to go ...
>> On ARM, you need a
>> kernel for each CPU/SoC platform and you have to add support in the
>> installer for each platform and for each device.
>> Debian doesn't offer a kernel for the PXA168 and neither do we have
>> support in the installer.
>> You basically have three options:
>> a) Generate a Debian kernel package for PXA168 and adapt the installer
>> so it will use your custom repo.
>> b) Use debootstrap to generate a Debian base system, build your own
>> kernel and offer that to download for users.
>> c) Add a PXA168 kernel to Debian and add support in Debian.  I don't
>> know how much interest there's in PXA168 though.
> Best regards,
> Marek Vasut
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