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Re: Novena open laptop

On Mon, 2012-12-17 at 11:56 +0100, Arnaud Patard wrote:
> Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> writes:
> Hi,
> > Bunnie Huang and others are working on a ARM-based laptop 'Novena' with
> > open hardware and mostly open firmware:
> > <http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=2686>,
> > <http://www.kosagi.com/w/index.php?title=Novena_Main_Page>.
> I've seen theses pages but from what I understand, it's still in early
> stages, right ?


> > Would anyone care to get involved in this and work out what's needed to
> > support this in Debian?
> well, there's still a possibility that some components change over the
> time. At least, we can look at the files on the wiki for the current
> list. As concerns the imx6, on recent enough kernels, I think most of
> the support is there but for the IPU(v3) part, we may run into troubles
> if there's a controller between the screen and the SoC (I've not yet
> look at the components/schematics).
> >
> > The SoC is a Freescale i.MX6Q, which should be able to run the armhf
> imx6q or dual lite according to them, which is a little weird, as
> they're talking of sata and there's no sata on dual lite.

Well there are other ways to attach storage.

> > port.  We currently have an mx5 kernel flavour for Freescale's previous
> > generation, but it looks like it would be possible to support both with
> > a single configuration (plus DT) now.
> It can be added into the mx5 flavour but as it's DT-only in the kernel,
> it should rather be part of a multiplatform kernel flavour. It's on
> my todo list but I was mainly waiting 3.7 to see how it goes.

It would be great if we could get all or armhf using DT and just provide
UP and SMP flavours (and then maybe add RT if people are interested).


Ben Hutchings
Life is like a sewer:
what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

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