Openmoko to shift to 2.6.27 kernel ?

Andy Green andy at
Mon Oct 13 11:14:59 CEST 2008

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Cédric Berger wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 09:34, Andy Green <andy at> wrote:
>> What's planned for partition selection is you will in future be able to
>> press AUX while Qi is pulling in the kernel it selected to abort the
>> load and move to next usable partition, so I think multiboot will work
>> out fine if you can remember which "n'th" rootfs it is you want...
>> hopefully only a problem for people with >2.
> But in this case will you have visual feedback on this partition switch ?

We can flash an LED to acknowledge we skipped that partition, so you can
see what's happening.

> For more complex multi-boots, could the solution be a partition
> booting a simple kernel and show a multi-boot screen, from were you
> can ask Qi to re-boot on a given other partition ? (or even simply
> continue with already loaded kernel if wanted)

Yes... it's also discussed, a recovery / backup kernel and rootfs that
can execute other kernels.  There are big advantages for us in a normal
Linux implementation that is actually maintainable from single source
tree for kernel and common packageset for the rootfs associated with it.
 Networking can be up so you can ssh in to rescue or update partitions,
etc, all the normal Linux goodness comes pretty much for free then.

But in general it will be slower than clicking AUX if all you want is to
select another partition.

- -Andy
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