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Old 03-10-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
Capt_Krill
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Pixel C theoretical/practical application with Slackware ARM


Given that the hardware is a chromebook at the core, and Patrick has already proven slackware installed fine on his chromebook, what would be the more obscure challenges to develop a SlackARM for the Pixel C?

Obviously some kinks to work out with the X1 cpu (and half the cores disabled).

In theory, with a prolific amount of work, sleepless nights and dozens of forum posts, could it work? How practical an application would a SlackARM tablet be? Just looking to see how expandable it would be if at all.
 
Old 03-10-2016, 04:11 PM   #2
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It will need an AArch64 port of Slackware. It should be able to run armv7 code but I'm assuming it needs to be a hard float version as AArch64 doesn't have a soft float ABI.
Hopefully an Odroid C2 will be landing at my front door in a week or 2. Getting Slackware running on it will be a high priority.

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:11 AM   #3
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It will need an AArch64 port of Slackware. It should be able to run armv7 code but I'm assuming it needs to be a hard float version as AArch64 doesn't have a soft float ABI.
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Some of the distros dropped the soft float ABI since a few years ago all of the new ARM devices had a hard float unit in the SoC, and it's extra dev effort to support two ports.

A machine with an FPU simply will not have the FPU used when running a soft foat OS.

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