Mark vea9x4 and imx31 deprecated

S Madhu smadhu2048 at ...9...
Wed Aug 27 13:55:56 CEST 2014

I agree. In fact, I suggest dropping i.MX53 too. We have i.MX6 running now
and it is
one of the most widely available Cortex A9 boards now with quite a few
cheap sources(wandboard, saberlite, Nitrogne 6x)
More importantly it supports secure boot and trustzone which no other
platform publicly supports
(Qualcomm and TI require NDA)

On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM, Stefan Kalkowski <
stefan.kalkowski at ...1...> wrote:

> Hey Genode hackers,
> I'd like to propose to mark the following hardware boards as deprecated,
> and to discontinue the support of both platforms in Genode in the medium
> term for the following reasons:
> * i.MX31 is pretty old, and AFAIK not used by any Genode hackers
> * The Versatile Express platform is mainly used to get hands on fresh
> ARM CPUs at first, not widely used as a normal development board, and
> not used as a platform in practice at all, moreover it's quite
> expensive, and thereby not widespread.
> * The support of Cortex A9 cpus (cpu used in vea9x4) is already covered
> by the Pandaboard and the PBXA9 platform
> * A lot of (not widely used) hardware platforms is a burden for the
> (currently) relatively small Genode development community.
> * Last but not least, both platforms are not tested automatically like
> other hardware platforms Genode supports. Normally we try to
> automatically test a bunch of basic tests all night on various hardware
> platforms. Of course, we could add i.MX31 and vea9x4 to our test farm,
> but that includes hardware and engineering costs with (at least for us)
> questionable benefit.
> So, as long as there is nobody who cries: "No, I use one of these
> platforms with Genode! I need it." I would vote for the removal of both.
> Regards
> Stefan
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> Stefan Kalkowski
> Genode Labs
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