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Linux 4.8 changes to improvements the ARM architecture

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  • Allwinner A10/A20 – Display engine clocks (TCON, FE, DE), I2S audio interface (ASoC) driver, added NFC node to DTS
  • Allwinner H3 – Clocks (through sunxi-ng), USB multi-reset lines support
  • AXP2xx driver – External drivebus support, AXP223 USB power supply support, AXP809 PMIC support
  • Broadcom BCM53125 support as it’s used in Lamobo / Banana Pi R1 router board.
  • New boards – Polaroid MID2407PXE03 & inet86dz (Allwinner A23 tablets), Banapi M1+, Banapi M2+, Allwinner Parrot (Allwinner R16 EVB)


  • Enable drivers for Exynos7 and Exynos5433 based boards: S2MPS clock driver, SoC: RTC, SPI, watchdog, EHCI, OHCI, DWC3, ADC and PWM, Enable Samsung SoC sound

Qualcomm Device Tree Changes:

  • Reverse BAM dma node reverts
  • Add BAM remote control options for affected platforms
  • Enable peripherals on APQ8074 dragonboard
  • Enable PMA8084 pwrky
  • Fix PMIC reg entries by removing unnecessary size element
  • Add SCM binding and support for all currently supported boards
  • Add Qualcomm WCNSS binding documentation
  • Rename db600c to SD_600eval and add peripheral nodes
  • Remove gpio key entry from Nexus7
  • Add APQ8060 based dragonboard and associated peripherals
  • Add ARMv7 PMU for IPQ4019

Other new ARM hardware or SoCs

  • NXP i.MX 7Solo, Broadcom BCM23550, Broadcom BCM2837 (Raspberry Pi 3)


Grapped out of the change log: https://kernelnewbies.org/Linux_4.8


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Glad to see more ARM emphasis.  Perhaps these piles of odd boards I have someday will actually be usable beyond simple server environments.

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On 28.10.2016 at 8:12 AM, drmike said:

Glad to see more ARM emphasis.  Perhaps these piles of odd boards I have someday will actually be usable beyond simple server environments.

Key word is mainline kernel support. Don't buy anything from companies that do not push drivers to the linux kernel.

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