On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM, Ilyes Gouta <ilyes.gouta(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Is there any plan to provide Fedora packages built for the ARMv7 architecture?
ARMv5TE looks a bit old but still ensures the compatibility with older
ARM cores. However the ARMv7 instruction set improves a lot (compared
to ARMv6) by adding support for the novel NEON instructions and
updated VFP3, and I think that it really worth the shot. After all,
it's all about setting up a new Qemu VM with a properly configured GCC
compiler for the ARMv7 profile, right?
Couple things, considering the main people working on arm for fedora
are from Marvell and they are using Marvell boards to build the
archive, it'll probably be armv5te for awhile. I do have a Sheevaplug
(armv5te) and at 1.2Ghz it is faster then a 500Mhz Beagleboard
gcc-4.3 isn't that great at march=armv7-a... Hopefully gcc-4.4 will be
QEMU: last i checked there is not a 'armv7-a' target option, so you
can't emulate that target. There is work in progress for an omap3
based kernel outside the main qemu development. (it boots some
beagleboard kernels' but doesn't have support for anything other than
the dataflash memory, it really needs mmc or usbdisk emulation to be
useful for target building...)
I did build some packages at 'armv7-a' using rpmbuild on the
beagleboard, but i ended up just breaking more things since i couldn't
get mock/koji to work properly to build clean builds. It's been put
back on hold as i'm trying to get the dsp to work for a customer.