When the MicroPC Linux MIPI issue occurred and it seemed Martin Wimpress (From Canonical) got stuck with it, I contacted Hans to see if he could help. Fortunately he said yes and I was also able to convince GPD to send him a unit to work on the issue . I didn't know at that point how good Hans was at Linux development, I knew he worked for RedHat . I was giving it 50/50 in regards to issue being resolvedVery nice. I've also found that set of patches from Hans (just below a patch from our own hns, which I've not noticed going in before now, but presumably have been anyway):
Backports are usually pretty prompt once the headline kernel gets released (it's currently at rc5), so your common linux versions that run on LTS kernels will probably get this goodness in time too, but they can sometimes be a little laggy in patching the latest versions I've found, so it might take a few weeks before you can expect an simple downloaded installer to run well and the right way up. But I guess the time it takes for most of you to get your units might skip over that slightly more complicated time anyway.
I wonder how long that'll take. I can build an RC kernel, if I can find instructions for that.According to the last video from the Phawx, if you download a general purpose image from pretty much any linux vendor that'll ship you a text mode distribution that doesn't ship with a desktop environment, that should boot albeit with the text probably at 90 degrees. Then you'll have to build a release candidate kernel for the time being, or just hang fire until that stuff gets backported to the kernel these distributions actually ship (you'll need to do an apt-get update/upgrade until that actually gets hardbaked into the iso though still).
I would install a base (commandline only) Debian using a netinstall image and booting from USB. You'll probably need to set the device up sideways and use an external keyboard. Then get the current RC Kernel sources and build it with the according Debian tools.I wonder how long that'll take. I can build an RC kernel, if I can find instructions for that.
Yes, more commonly known as the GNU toolchain, available on almost every linux distrubution, but different distributions will have different package names you need to install to get everything needed for a kernel build setup. Thankfully, building a kernel is one of the simpler big linux packages you can build these days, with extremely limited dependencies.I would install a base (commandline only) Debian using a netinstall image and booting from USB. You'll probably need to set the device up sideways and use an external keyboard. Then get the current RC Kernel sources and build it with the according Debian tools.
Well yes, but NO. I specifically mean the Debian tools for building not only a Kernel but complete Debian packages that can be installed via apt. "make-kpkg" and the like.Yes, more commonly known as the GNU toolchain, ... .