Loongson 2K1000 Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.13
The Loongson 2K1000 was the last of the Loongson line-up released in 2017 and succeeded by the Loongson 3 series. The 2K1000 hardware isn't too interesting from the hardware perspective these days with the Loongson 3 being more capable albeit still not too par with the likes of current Intel or AMD processors nor even POWER and AArch64 modern offerings. But Loongson remains popular within China for a domestic CPU offering as well as those around the world wanting a fully libre system.
Loongson 2K1000 Linux support patches have been available for years now via external/out-of-tree kernel builds for those Linux distributions focusing on Loongson/MIPS support. But finally recently this support for upstream has come together thanks to Loongson engineers.
As of this week the initial 2K1000 support was queued into MIPS' "mips-next" branch on Git ahead of the Linux 5.13 merge window opening in a few weeks time. Thus at that point the support for this dual-core ~1.0GHz hardware will be upstream.