RISC-V Continues Prepping For Mainline Linux Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 27 September 2017 at 06:16 AM EDT. Add A Comment
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Not only is AMDGPU DC finally aligning for Linux 4.15, but the RISC-V Linux kernel port might also be merged for this next kernel cycle.

RISC-V kernel developers previously expressed interest getting into Linux 4.15 and the stars are beginning to align with the ninth version of their kernel patches coming out today.

Developer Palmer Dabbelt explained, "While there are still a handful of FIXMEs in this patch set, we've started to get enough interest from various users and contributors that maintaining an out of tree patch set is starting to become a big burden. I'm hoping the patches are good enough that we can get them merged soon, as that way everyone will be able to work in a more reasonable fashion. I believe I've taken into account everyone's feedback, but if I've missed anything please just ping me."

For Linux 4.15 this would be just the core RISC-V architecture code and not yet the RISC-V Linux drivers and other work needed to have a full-functioning open-source RISC-V system. There are other patches available to get a RISC-V system up and running, but not quite ready yet for mainline.

More details in the v9 patches.
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