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Getting official Debian support for the Dockstar

Posted by fcarolo 
Getting official Debian support for the Dockstar
August 09, 2010 04:05PM
Hi Jeff,

Since we now have information about JTAG in the Dockstar, I was wondering if something could be done to get it officially supported by Debian. It is my understanding that JTAG access is a prerequisite to get official support. At his site, Martin Michlmayr says that only development kits will be supported (according to http://www.cyrius.com/debian/kirkwood/sheevaplug/plugs.html), but in his list of models that will be supported in the future he mentions the GuruPlug, since it has a documented JTAG interface.

Assuming that we could get the official support for the Dockstar, what else do we need? I have one question from the top of my head: what about patching the kernel to individually identify and support the Dockstar as some sort of SheevaPlug variant? A separate config kernel option for the Dockstar would be a more elegant solution than the original patches from Alexander Holler at http://ahsoftware.de/dockstar/ and could be submitted upstream. Any thoughts?
Re: Getting official Debian support for the Dockstar
August 09, 2010 04:23PM
I think we have a pretty solid chance of getting support. We can flash a new uBoot to mtd0 and be pretty darn close to a sheevaplug, as far as the Debian installer is concerned. It would be great to get the LED patches applied to the kernel.

If you want to work up a cleaner kernel patch and get Martin Michlmayr in on this, please go for it. I'll be happy to help in any way I can.

-- Jeff
Eric, who wrote a fabulous HowTo to get OpenWRT running on the Dockstar registered 2998 as the ID for Dockstar. He also supplied the patch to linux-arm. No idea how long it is before the changes get approved, perhaps they are still waiting for the JTag solution

I used the instructions at plugcomputer.org to build a new kernel for Dockstar and then added the patch that Eric supplied. I'll be testing it this weekend.

Re: Getting official Debian support for the Dockstar
August 27, 2010 09:31AM
There seems to be significant progress on the JTag front here.


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