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1  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / openSUSE port to ARM on: September 29, 2011, 10:14:31 AM
openSUSE has been talking for years about a port to ARM but never got there.  There IS support in the Open Build Service for ARM but most openSUSE packages don't build properly for ARM.  There is talk this week from several people, including Greg Kroah-Hartman, about resuming porting efforts.  They are in talks about a "target" hardware platform.  There are just TOO many ARM variants.  I think the D2 plug would be a great target platform.

Does anybody know if Marvell would be willing to donate some D2 plugs to the openSUSE project to encourage the port?  Currently the build service does ARM builds using a cross compiler.  Perhaps they could include a few D2's in the build farm for native compiles.  Currently Ubuntu has panda boards in their build farm.  Let's compete.

Marvell should be made aware that the openSUSE build service will build ANY distribution.  See https://build.opensuse.org/ and http://openbuildservice.org/.  Providing Marvell servers to the project would help all distributions who would like to port to ARM.

Bill
2  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Valgrind on ARMV5TEL (Sheevaplug) on: November 10, 2010, 05:51:51 PM
The developers for Valgrind (the debugging tool) had this to say about ARM support:

"As of early 2010, there is initial support for ARM/Linux. This is usable on Ubuntu 9.04 and Ubuntu 9.10 running on ARMv7 capable hardware (Cortex-A8). The repository currently contains support for the ARMv5 instruction set, some v6 instructions, and VFPv1. Work is in progress to expand this to cover the entire ARMv7 instruction set, including NEON and Thumb2 support, and to support Ubuntu 10.04."

So... that says they support the ARMv5 instruction set, but it doesn't say they support the processors.  "Trunk" declines to compile on my plug, saying it doesn't support ARMV5TEL.

Does anybody know if you can build Valgrind for the plug?

Bill
3  General Category / Application ideas and development Q/A / Re: We need a USB to RJ11 device for VoIP asap! on: December 27, 2009, 01:27:04 PM
Thanks for asking.  It has been done.

http://www.silabs.com/products/voice/Pages/InternetTelephoneAdapterPlus.aspx

Silicon Labs developed the reference design to help them sell their chips.  Somehow Motorola got selected to build it.  I haven't been able to get anybody at Motorola to answer email about selling the product.

Here it is on their web site.

http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Software+and+Applications/Software+Solutions/Communications+Software/Skype_Phone_Adapter_ITA_Plus_US-EN

They apparently want you to use it with the own version of the plug, an embedded system with a SOC, running what is probably a rebranded version of asterisk.

http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Software+and+Applications/Software+Solutions/Communications+Software/Parlez+voice+gateway_US-EN

Maybe somebody can get Motorola to answer email.

Perhaps Marvell would like to kick some Silicon Labs butt by making their own SLIC chips.  But then again, chasing the analog telephone market seems like making electric buggy whips.

Move along, nothing to see here.
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