[Dev] Canceling of Parabola ARM

Josh Branning lovell.joshyyy at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 11:44:28 GMT 2015

On 23/08/15 04:47, Michał Masłowski wrote:
>> RNC patches which
>> are required for the kernel to run on ARM computers
> Not true.
>> You can read more information about blobs on ARM devices here:
>> https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/single-board-computers
> We support x86 while many systems there need blobs for optional graphics
> acceleration, and nearly all have nonfree boot firmware.
>> These boards, including Raspberry Pi, actually REQUIRE the blobs in
>> order to boot. Therefore until a blob-free board is available, we are
>> unable to continue our work. This is unfortunate, but the current
>> situation of hardware doesn't allow a true GNU/Linux-libre kernel.
> Boards using TI or AllWinner SoCs don't have such blobs.  Please list
> specific blobs which are the issue.
> (For AM335x used in BeagleBone Black, there is a small power management
> firmware under a nonfree license, but the SoC documentation suggests it
> being needed only for suspend to RAM which I don't believe is normally
> useful on that board.  Regardless of this, that firmware looks easy to
> replace.)


I have the olinuxino-lime which has a AllWinner A10 chip and it uses 
u-boot, and framebuffer, so theoretically there would be no blobs. At 
the moment it runs arch linux arm, but I would prefer parabola.

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