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Re: A newer kernel for my genesi smartbook

Hi Sven,

Am 14.06.2018 um 21:52 schrieb Sven Joachim:
> On 2018-06-13 21:25 +0200, Robert Pommrich wrote:
>> I am a still proud owner of a genesi smartbook.
>> It is still running wheezy with a kernel in version 2.6.31 with Uboot as
>> boot loader.
>> Someone told me, that the hardware should be supported by now by a
>> mainline kernel.
> Unfortunately, it's not - not anymore, that is.  Support for the Efika
> MX smartbook was added in Linux 2.6.39, and it should work with the
> linux-image-mx5 kernel in Wheezy - FSVO work, because the GPU only works
> to its potential with proprietary drivers, as on nearly all ARM-based
> machines, and I am not sure about other drivers (sound, Wifi…)  either.
> The bad news is that support for your machine got ripped out again in
> Linux 3.7, as nobody added device tree support for it, and so the Jessie
> kernel does not work with it, as mentioned in the release notes[1].
>> I don't know how to find out, if the hardware is really supported, nor
>> how to build a mainline kernel and integrate it with Uboot.
> Install the linux-image-mx5 kernel and the flash-kernel package from
> Wheezy, it should know what to do.  If the official Wheezy kernel works,
> you can upgrade your userland to Jessie (and maybe to Stretch, but note
> that systemd in Stretch officially requires Linux 3.12).  This would
> give you a few extra years.

Thank you very much, I'll follow your instructions and report back.

> Good luck,
> Sven
> 1. https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/armhf/ch02s01.html.en


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