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lemote-3a-itx-a1101 kernel and pmon


long time ago I was told that I need a newer PMON to boot recent linux
kernels [5], but then read on debian-mips about problems after PMON
upgrades [1].

I'm tired of running an ancient 3.5 linux kernel on my Loongson-3A
system.  Are there any updates about the PMON vs. kernel situation?
Anybody knows where I can find the latest *official* PMON 4.0.1 binary?
Googeling around, I found [2-4], which aren't even byte-for-byte equal.

According to /proc/cpuinfo my system is a :

system type             : lemote-3a-itx-a1101
processor               : 0
cpu model               : ICT Loongson-3A V0.5  FPU V0.1

My invoice says something like "Lemote Xinghuo 6100 Desktop" (I think in
chinese it's "星火 6100").  This was bought in November 2013.

I see that debian archives now carry linux-image-3.16.0-4-loongson-3 .
What are my chances to use this kernel on my system?

thanks for any info,



[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-mips/2015/02/msg00010.html
[2] http://dev.lemote.com/files/upload/lm/kernel/testing/pmon-A1101-4.0.1.bin
[4] http://www.loongson.cn/dev/ftp/lemote/3a-itx/newstyle/pmon-3aitx-all01-4.0.1-20140618.bin
[5] https://groups.google.com/d/msg/loongson-dev/_oS5wN3yKhA/mFms8aojBDMJ
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