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Re: potential new build hardware, "arndaleboard" samsung exynos 5,?2GB?ram

Riku Voipio <riku.voipio@iki.fi> writes:

> On Sat, Dec 01, 2012 at 06:24:32PM +0000, Phil Endecott wrote:
>> Phil Endecott <spam_from_debian_arm <at> chezphil.org> writes: 
>> > peter green <plugwash <at> p10link.net> writes:
>> > > It looks like a new samsung based devboard has come out (though it's not 
>> > > scheduled to actually ship until november).
>> > 
>> > Ignore it until it actually exists.
>> Maybe it does now exist, and is worth investigating :-)
> Have now one as well, so it clearly does exist :)
> One thing that might surprise people used to beagleboard/pandaboard
> style boards is that this one is actually quite large. 
> Booting and running the board using the quick setup instructions from:
> https://wiki.linaro.org/Boards/Arndale/Setup/EnterpriseUbuntuServer
> Work just fine. The kernel is quite fresh (3.7-rc2 based) and is about
> 4000 lines / 40 changed away from mainline. The only major stumbling
> block to debian support is that the exynos kernel isn't single zimage
> ready (yet). Also, support for 3D acceleration and video codec
> acceleration is android-only and propiertary.

I've to disagree here. While having single image support would be nice,
it's not supported by debian kernel (yet, it's on todo-list) so it's not
a big blocker. Moreover, we're still far from having the number of
kernels for armel.

Nevertheless, the main blocker is needing patches which are not

>> I agree with Peter that it is an interesting board.  The USB ethernet is
>> unfortunate, but looking on the bright side that might be better-supported than
>> some unknown SoC ethernet thing.
> USB ethernet is ASIX based and seems to work fine (once you set up mac
> address). eSATA didn't work for me reliably, but sata code is still said to be
> work in progress and my HD isn't in the list of (currently) supported
> drivers of the above wikipage.

what do you mean ? if one wants to use sata, one has to use one of the
HD listed ? that sounds weird/wrong and rather annoying in case you need
to replace a failing drive.


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