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Re: Summary of the Arm ports BoF at DC17




On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 12:06:13PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>On Sep 14, Steve McIntyre <steve@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> The Pine64 [6] is another alternative, based on a mobile CPU. It's
>> therefore got limited RAM and I/O. Upstreaming has taken a while, but
>> is getting there in current kernel releases. U-Boot head will work on
>> the board, including the UEFI implementation mentioned earlier.
>> There's the related PineBook project [7] too - a small laptop-style
>> machine based around the Pine64 board.
>There are also scary warnings and discussions about the Ethernet port 
>being half-broken at 1 Gbps.
>
>> Answering this question ("I want something that just works, what
>> should I buy?") is always much harder than it should be... :-(
>On the lower end I strongly recommend the Olimex Lime 2, which is open 
>hardware and works well with the mainline kernel and U-Boot from stretch 
>(as long as you do not care about 3D, obviously):
>https://www.armbian.com/olimex-lime-2/

ACK, thanks for the recommendation!

>BTW... I like installing my little ARM systems using debootstrap 
>--foreign, but I am unable to do a 100% self-contained installation 
>(without using qemu, which would be cheating, or copying the initramfs 
>from another system) because the initramfs has not been built yet. 
>Do we distribute anyware one that may be used for the first boot?

Not that I'm aware of, no.

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Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@xxxxxxxxxx
"C++ ate my sanity" -- Jon Rabone