OK - I get it. The necessary work to upstream has not been done. I
will try to squeeze that in my schedule and move this forward.
Additional data points from me:
1. The Fedora's beta arm 31 do not boot at all on the device - neither
the aarch64 server ones, nor the armhfp ones.
2. Olimex provided Ubuntu runs fine
3. Armbian's images start booting but never finish.
In order to continue I need 2 things, right?
* The device tree which is the configuration given to the kernel at
boot time describing the available hardware
* The boot firmware
In principle both should be obtainable from my running configuration.
I will also contact Olimex that I will be trying to upstream this.
Can I continue pinging via the mail list of my status? I would rather
not use IRC.
На нд, 22.09.2019 г. в 10:05 ч. Peter Robinson <pbrobinson(a)gmail.com> написа:
> > I have the following device: DIY Laptop by Olimex
> > https://www.olimex.com/Products/DIY-Laptop/
> > It is a 2GB A64 Cortex A53 Quad core 64-bit processor based.
> We support a bunch of the AllWinner based a64 devices.
> > There are several options for running Linux on it, but Fedora is not among them
> > https://github.com/OLIMEX/DIY-LAPTOP/tree/master/SOFTWARE/A64-TERES
> > I did not manage to run the latest stable Fedora on it.
> > How can I help with getting Fedora on this laptop? Is there a how-to
> > for getting this to run?
> Basically we need upstream support for the device in U-Boot (firmware)
> and the kernel (a device tree). Olimex are historically terrible and
> contributing anything to the upstream projects and as a result are
> generally considered as "community supported" devices which ends up
> being either someone does the work to get the required bits upstream
> or someone hacks together something that works enough for them and it
> never ends up being more widely supported.
> All the userspace pieces should work just fine, it should even be
> possible to get accelerated open graphics via the lima driver although
> I've not had time to test that on any of the Allwinner devices I have.