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Re: Status of Debian on QNAP

Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> writes:

> On Fri, Nov 20, 2020 at 1:36 PM Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> The main question for what would happen with the armel port
>> I think is what kernel to ship. When the marvell kernel gets
>> retired, the only kernel package left would be the raspberrypi
>> variant, and that is a bit silly given that it has its own raspbian
>> armhf port that is much more suitable for that specific
>> hardware.
> Is installing a bootloader into the kernel partition and then loading
> the kernel from the rootfs an option to avoid having to drop kernel
> support for armel devices?

It would require a bootloader with support for the SoC and its
drivers. For instance, I'm still running Debian on a IOP32x device and
the IOP32x is not supported by uboot.

One easier option would be to have a small kernel+initramfs using kexec
to load a "normal" kernel but even that is not so easy. Moreover,
"small kernel" means custom kernel build, which is what a lot of armel
owners is possibly already doing, so back to square one.


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