* Added Meson GXBB (S905) pinctrl support
* Fixed memory nodes on Vega S95 DTS
* Added Hardkernel ODROID-C2, Amlogic Meson GXBB P200 and P201 development systems”
See Linux 4.7 Release – Main Changes, ARM and MIPS ArchitecturesI’ve tried three different specialized distros hacked together for the SoC of the Odroid-C2 motherboard. They work but they need a lot of configuration to be useful. For instance, the one I’m using now started with grey fonts on black backgrounds and a black pointer on a black background… I had to walk right up to the TV-screen to read them and wander all over the screen to find something clickable…
Now that Kernel.org is receiving commits specific to this system, we should soon see mainstream distros working on the Odroid-C2. I can manage with my current hack until then even if it runs Linux 3.14…. It’s light, cheap, snappy. The only real bottleneck I’ve run into is the video driver which struggles with 1080p at ~100% CPU load. Dropping to 720p works fine at around 50%. As TLW will be using it on a 20 inch monitor, this will be fine. I will use one machine on each TV besides. I can configure Mplayer to play 720p video quite well and sound is very nice. VLC and XBMC/Kodi are broken… but YouTube videos work very well in 32-bit firefox (firefox:armhf). We rocked the place with Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep”.
If this ~$100 CDN tiny box pleases TLW, it’s Good EnoughTM. When a proper video driver gets into Linus’ mainline, say, with Wayland, and distros have all the usual applications working, these things will take over. It surely blows away her old VIA box with 8 core-gHz CPU, gigabit/s networking and 2gB RAM compared to 0.4 core-gHz, 100 mbits/s, and 0.25gB RAM. We’re using files over NFS so TLW will be able to use her old desktop environment on Beast III if she wants. Otherwise, she can use the Odroid-C2 as a thick client well enough. Cost for the old ones was ~$150 CDN delivered a decade ago, with real money, not this inflated stuff. Life is good.