[IAEP] One Laptop per Child and Marvell Join Forces to Redefine Tablet Computing for Students Around the World
cjb at laptop.org
Sat Jun 5 11:51:54 EDT 2010
> There is an ARM port for Fedora, and it happens to work very well
> with the Marvell ARM chips with at least two contributors from
> Marvell helping out. The Fedora ARM port is good enough that it
> was used straight up as the basis for the MeeGo ARM support. The
> only thing that's missing is a kernel for the specific device as
> the arm kernels can be very device specific but I doubt that will
> be a major issue as that is currently the case for the XO-1 and
> XO-1.5 (of course I wish its wasn't but there's still outstanding
> kernel patches needed for event the XO-1).
Thanks. I've been using the Fedora ARM packages on our Marvell board,
so I do know about their status -- what I meant by "no port" is that
it's not an official Fedora port, not even as a secondary architecture
yet. I don't know whether it would be a good idea to ship product
with a Fedora remix based on a port that doesn't officially exist yet;
at the least, it would require a lot of work.
For example, there's no Fedora 13 release for ARM yet. They're still
> The Fedora ARM movement is growing very quickly with a full koji
> build farm of 20 odd buildsystems and an increasing community.
Unfortunately, as I understand it the koji build farm has been
dismantled, with some replacement machines on order, but I agree
that there's some promising momentum behind Fedora ARM.
> From the gnome side I mostly agree, although the underlying infra
> will be fully multitouch enabled with gnome 3. The issue with the
> gnome 3 interface, which is relatively touch friendly, is its
> dependence on 3D GPUs for the OpenGL rendering and the face that
> the existence of open source 3D drivers on ARM is non existent
> and even worse than the state of the x86 a year or two ago.
Our hardware only supports OpenGL-ES rather than OpenGL, so that's a
complicating factor too.
> Let me know if you need help, or details of people from the
> Fedora side who could assist.
Thanks! I'm already spending time with the #fedora-arm folks, and we
are considering trying to use Fedora all the same. It's not an easy
Chris Ball <cjb at laptop.org>
One Laptop Per Child
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