Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

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Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

Postby kevlar1818 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 3:47 am

Hi ALARM devs,

I'll start by saying I love your work. I use Arch Linux ARM on many SBCs, and your distribution has everything I've come to expect from Arch.

I'd like to try my hand at adding a new piece of hardware, the C.H.I.P.:

NextThingCo. provides a Buildroot config for the C.H.I.P., so I imagine a lot of the heavy-lifting is mostly done:

Is there a guide I could reference on how one would go about submitting a hardware platform to ALARM?

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Re: Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

Postby WarheadsSE » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:30 pm

The only part of this that ends up mattering:
- We don't use buildroot, and can't, as PKGBUILD doesn't work that way at all.
- They need to get all the necessary support into a modern, mainline kernel for it to work here and with systemd.
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Re: Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

Postby summers » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:05 pm

Well there is an R8 device tree: ... 8-chip.dts

So that has to be a start.

Could just try using an cortex a 8 kernel, with the r8 device tree, and build a system that boots on the c.h.i.p (and for that you would need to work out how the c.h.i.p. boots). Then I just switch on with a serial interface, and see how far the boot process goes before it stalls.

Oh yes, that MALI GPU - don't know how much of a problem that will be. The main MALI graphics set up (lima), the author has (with some reason) had a bit of a strop - so to my mind I'd say that MALI is currently unsupported ....
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Re: Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

Postby lvspais » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:23 am

See this post on the C.H.I.P. forum: and
I did not tested, but the responses on that thread are positive.

I would love to see official Arch Linux support for C.H.I.P. , according to their website they are entering mass production the end of this year, so I expect to see more people asking for Arch as it becomes more popular.
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Re: Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

Postby 2114L3 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:52 pm

this would be awesome.

just had my chip delivered from a stock on a new order. now this board appears to be in full swing it would great to see headless support for this.

though i suppose pocketchip support with gui is out of the question?
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Re: Adding support for the C.H.I.P.

Postby nazarmx » Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:43 pm

Hi, I am working on kernel packages for C.H.I.P. I have also a project that builds a rootfs for C.H.I.P, and even NAND images.
Currently untested, and requires UART access to C.H.I.P. Images work on MLC flash.
Here is latest build :
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