Re: [GIT PULL 0/5] ARM: SoC: changes for v5.9

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Wed Aug 05 2020 - 15:07:59 EST

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 7:27 PM Pavel Machek <pavel@xxxxxx> wrote:
> > 2. In the past few merge windows we have seen an increase in (usually
> > older) Android phones and tablets gaining mainline kernel support.
> > This time we get a total of eight Snapdragon phones and two Tegra
> > tablets. To me this indicates that we finally have sufficient driver
> > support, in particular on the GPU side, to make this workable.
> > It also shows the impact that a single hobbyist developer can have,
> > as most of the new support was submitted by Konrad Dybcio who only
> > started contributing kernel patches to mainline Linux for postmarketos
> > earlier this year.
> I'm happy to see that. So far, Nokia N900 is reaonably supported (basically everything
> but Bluetooth works, voicecalls miss userland daemon for audio), and Motorola
> Droid 4 (modem needs some more in kernel, camera will be hard).
> Is there anything with similar support coming in, or is it usual "it boots,
> serial console works"?

My impression is that the newly added phones are still fairly rudimentary,
but some others that were added in the past releases have gotten
further. I don't know any details, but I've added Konrad to Cc, he can
comment on his work.

One of the missing pieces with the OMAP based phones has always
been the GPU, and on that front I think by now almost every other GPU
is ahead.

> Should we have some kind of linux-phones mailing list? There is quite a lot of
> stuff common in phones.

PostmarketOS is probably the right place to look for this.