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    Phoronix: It's Possible To Get The Nexus 7 Running On A Mainline Linux Kernel

    With an effort led by John Stultz at Linaro, developers have managed to get a Google Nexus 7 tablet running on a mainline Linux kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-7-On-Mainline

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    That's quite impressive.
    Also, about the Sony contribution mentioned: http://developer.sonymobile.com/2016...peria-devices/

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    • #3
      Interesting, perhaps it might give KDE Plasma Mobile the push to come to my Nexus 7 before my 100th birthday; however I'm not holding my breath.

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      • #4
        Which Nexus 7 is this? The original 2012 version?

        Ah, a G+ commenter says:
        I'm assuming 2013 because the Freedreno driver is used (for Adreno GPUs). The 2012 Nexus 7 has an NVIDIA GPU.

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        • #5
          This is very cool. I've just ordered a Pixel C, so my Nexus 7 is now a prime candidate for installing an alternative OS for shts and giggles. Any Linux distro other than Ubuntu would be nice

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          • #6
            Stand still my beating heart, it's not 2012, its FLO aka Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (2013).

            @Michael: Do edit your article to specify what device.

            Originally posted by c117152 View Post
            That's quite impressive.
            Also, about the Sony contribution mentioned: http://developer.sonymobile.com/2016...peria-devices/
            Yeah, Sony should enable bootloader unlocking for devices sold through TelCo's first, then brag about how developer friendly they are. :-|

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            • #7
              Since when is “mainline + x patches” considered “mainline“?

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              • #8
                hey guys, we at least got 3.4 for the grouper n7. check my github for the source.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CrystalGamma View Post
                  Since when is “mainline + x patches” considered “mainline“?
                  John's g+ post makes it clear, ~50 patches on top of mainline, and of those, I expect given a bit of time most/all will land upstream. That is a *significant* difference from any vendor kernel you will get on these sorts of devices (with 1-2M SLOC delta from upstream, and next to nothing headed upstream). Good luck rebasing ${some_random_device}'s 3.4 kernel at each kernel -rc.

                  To put the "50 patch" number in perspective, the i915 kernel driver is 400+ patches from v4.4 to v4.5.. qcom's 3.18 branch is 15000+ patches from upstream v3.18.. 50 patches is really nothing.

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                  • #10
                    Ooooh, nice! I thought from the headlines that it would be running some weird crap like ubuntu, but its running mainline kernel + freedreno + mesa + ANDROID. That is really awesome.

                    Next step is doing the same to Nexus 4, which has a lot of similarities.

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