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Re: Updating the installation guide, arm platform support

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 08:38:54AM +0000, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Wed, 2014-03-19 at 20:33 +0100, Karsten Merker wrote:

[Genesi Efika Smartbook and Genesi EfikaMX nettop]
> > I have tried to gather information about the two Efika systems. 
> > As far as I could find out, there seems to be no devicetree for
> > them.  The old-style board support code has been removed from the
> > kernel in october 2012, but grepping arch/arm/boot/dts for Genesi
> > and Efika does not give any hits and a websearch has also
> > provided no devicetree files for them.
> Strange that the board files were removed without replacement. It might
> be worth mailing the author of the removal patch to find out what is
> going on.

This is the commit that has removed the code:

  commit c7c29b3aeb318b9efe3035cacf42800dfe2970f5
  Author: Matt Sealey <matt@genesi-usa.com>
  Date:   Wed Aug 1 12:49:30 2012 -0500

      ARM: efikamx: remove Genesi Efika MX platform files from the tree
      Delete the files that can no longer be built.
      Signed-off-by: Matt Sealey <matt@genesi-usa.com>
      Signed-off-by: Shawn Guo <shawn.guo@linaro.org>

It has entered the kernel in october 2012 via the arm-soc tree.
@zumbi: do you by chance have further information?

> > Another system question - the d-i alpha 1 announcement states:
> > 
> > > Hardware support changes
> > > ========================
> > > [snip]
> > > * armhf: The armmp flavour has been added; it covers both mx5 and
> > >   vexpress.
> > 
> > Because of this I was going to list the versatile express as
> > supported platform in the installation guide, but I have stumbled
> > over the fact that it is not listed in the flash-kernel machine
> > database, which makes me wonder about its status. Can anybody
> > shed some light on this?
> AFAIU vexpress does not boot via u-boot and has it's own "special"
> firmware. Therefore I don't think flash-kernel support is
> possible/needed.

Thanks for the info, then I'll list the versatile express as
supported platform in the installation guide.

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