On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 12:35:36PM +0100, Peter Robinson wrote:
On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM, Josh Boyer
> On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 6:25 AM, Jaroslav Reznik <jreznik(a)redhat.com> wrote:
>> Speaking about hardware - and that's more a question for Spot - could
>> be possible to organize another round of HW give away as we did with
>> Raspberries? With a different HW, that's supported in Fedora and it
>> seems like there are pretty cheap options either. With some metrics,
>> like commits/packages/packages that need significant effort to make
>> it working on ARM...
> The sentiment is nice, but I don't think that last hardware give away
> went all that well. Also, to get something competent is going to cost
> money. I have no idea what the Fedora budget looks like, but frankly
> I'd rather use money on something more beneficial than buying hardware
> for a bunch of people that aren't already working on ARM. It will
> likely have a shiny factor of about 1 week, and then it will sit on
> their desk collecting dust.
I agree, not sure what the contribution to the RPi stuff was like but
for the XOs that were given away I'm not aware of a single
contribution to any of the Fedora/OLPC/Sugar projects as a result of
IMHO it is also not that easy to get something going with ARM on Fedora.
For example I bought a Sheeva-ARM devices to get upstream release
monitoring running on it . But even when I got it installed,
the device crashed with a kernel soft lockup. Now the devices are no
longer supported. I got a RPi (from the hardware summer of fun) with the
same intent, but until today it is not properly supported and won't. In
the meantime I bought a Cubieboard, no luck here as well. Since the
Cubieboard remix even requires HDMI output and does not work headless, I
did not try it because if missing HDMI hardware. Also all the Fedora ARM
efforts usually require to dd some images instead of just allowing to
run a textmode anaconda via serial or some other installer, which just
So now I gave up and bought a x86_64 microserver, which will then do the
release monitoring among other things.