[Trisquel-users] Status on Loongson processor?

Michał Masłowski mtjm at mtjm.eu
Fri Jan 20 21:20:04 CET 2012


I haven't seen English text with detailed specifications of it before.

It's confusing, since Lemote's website mentions it having AMD integrated
GPU, kernel sources for it contain related blobs, while it's said that
it will not need any nonfree software.

I'm a contributor to Parabola mips64el, supporting Loongson 2F (as used
in 8.9 or 10.1 inch YeeLoongs).  Porting there consists mostly of
building packages (this takes days for a KDE update, days for a GCC
update, shorter time for typical packages), fixing some problems (mostly
not patched upstream, due to quality of patches or lack of time), and
not having Java, Haskell, LibreOffice and WebKit-based browsers due to
difficult changes or build needed (e.g. LibreOffice needs three days of
building before it fails for many unrelated reasons, WebKit debug build
uses more RAM than it can with the ABI used, running Midori fails in
difficult to reproduce ways).

I believe making a Trisquel port optimized for Loongson 2F or 3A
machines would not be easier (Debian mipsel supports this machine, but
big speed improvements are done by using a different ABI which needs
patching some packages like WebKit).
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