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Re: Fwd: [Arm-netbook] Another "new" ARM plateform

On 26/12/13 17:36, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 01:14:49PM +0000, David Pottage wrote:
I currently have an Allwinner A10 based Cubieboard. In most respects it
is a very nice single board computer, but I find it frustrating that I
am stuck at Linux kernel version 3.4, and don't have access to bugfixes
or new features available in later versions of the kernel, so I am
looking for a replacement with full kernel mainline support.
Please provide some facts.

What bugfixes do you miss? What features do you miss with on your Cortex
A8? Or are you just feeling that the mainline grass must be much
I have been affected by a bug in the SATA driver that has prevented me from using the SSD drive I wanted to:


While I don't have a list of all the security patches that there have been against Linux in the 18 months since 3.4 was released (and no doubt many of them won't affect me any way), it feels unwise not to have a fully patched OS. Ubuntu (that I use as a desktop OS), pushes out a kernel security patch about three times a month.

I would like to experiment with btrfs, and I know from reading that mailing list that the most recent Linux release is considered the oldest acceptable kernel to be running, and it is better to have applied their stable patchsets to that kernel as well. I would get laughed off the list if I mentioned that I was trying to run the version of btrfs that appeared in and 18 month old kernel.

What comparable SoC is there with (more) complete mainline support?

I have no idea, possibly none, that is why I am asking the question.

David Pottage

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