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Can you provide a URL for Khadas Linux drivers for the VIM4?
I’m very much looking forward to working with the Khadas VIM4, and am particularly impressed with its low power consumption.
On Mon, 2022-05-16 at 07:49 -0700, Larry Dighera wrote:
Is there hope of seeing a port of Debian Bullseye 64-bit for the
Khadas VIM4 any time soon?
The Khadas VIM4 and the A311D2 SoC both don’t appear to be supported by
Linux mainline yet, I don’t see any reference to either in linux.git,
but there are references to the previous generation, Khadas VIM3, so
it is possible that someone will work on this.
Once support for the device is upstream, the support will enter Debian
unstable after the next Linux kernel release, then potentially some
build config changes will be needed to enable new drivers, then the
package will migrate to Debian testing, then Debian backports and then
you will be able to use the backport on Debian stable. Generally
support for newer SoCs does not get backported to older Linux kernel
versions such as the one in Debian bullseye, but a newer Linux kernel
version is added to bullseye-backports. This can take a long time.
Until then you can use whatever Linux kernel build supports the Khadas
VIM4 such as one from the vendor BSP or from Armbian, on plain Debian.
Depending on your use-cases you may need to also get updated packages for userspace drivers (such as GPU drivers) or firmware.
Hopefully, this will inspire the Debian team to consider an “official” porting effort.
Thank you for your support of the possible porting of Debian Linux to VIM4 hardware.
In my pursuit of that goal, I have sent the following message to BayLibre
I was referred to you by Mr. Paul Wise email@example.com as a possible source for porting 64-bit
Debian Linux to run on the Khadas VIM4 SBC.
If your firm has an interest in such a project, and your development team possesses the requisite
expertise, please provide an estimate of when such an effort might be expected to be completed, and
some idea of its cost.
I have no idea of the cost of such an effort, but in today’s era of croudfunding, surely there is a way to effect this. Paul Wise indicated “BayLibre Linux consulting company seem to be the main contributor to Amlogic/Khadas support in Linux.” Perhaps Khadas is able to provide some insight into BayLibre’s possible fee.
Depends on what IO you want them to work on.
If only basic support like boot-up, emmc, sdcard and lan then it will be in thousands of dollars. if you want to get it fully supported then it can be hundred of thousands of dollars
I am waiting on some kernel dev to look into A311D2 soon too. I did try to ping the lead developer at BayLibre and he responded that A311D2 is not a priority now, first they will upstream older chip and then look into A311D2 later.