[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH 00/17] atheros: checkpatch fixes

Karl P karlp at tweak.net.au
Tue Jun 24 16:05:42 EDT 2014

On 06/24/2014 07:38 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> 2014-06-24 12:15 GMT-07:00 Daniel Gimpelevich
> <daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us>:
>> This is much appreciated, but what is really needed for upstream merge
>> is converting the target to device tree usage.
> Well, that is all debatable, Device Tree only makes sense if there are:
> - new platforms/SoCs variants/boards being productized
> - there is potential driver re-usability with another platform
> - there is code duplication in the existing code base
> I think AR231x has none of those, it's an End of Life platform, the
> code base has been mostly static and well know for a while, so I would
> argue that Device Tree should not be made a requirement here as it
> will just delay Sergey's upstreaming effort even more.

Still, there's a couple of variants around that got made, but no-one's taken the 
time to convert them to either separate platforms, or device tree  (I agree it 
shouldn't stop any other work, but there are variants of this platform out there)

The dragino MS12 http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/dragino/ms12
which is built into
(at least, there's probably more)

Compared to the "atheros" target, which I believe suits the picostation and 
fonera routers, this has different reset button and led configs _at least_, and 
I seem to recall someone else on IRC or the list some months ago that had 
something else different.  (This is before you even start to customize what's 
attached to the inner connectors)

It's definitely an end of life platform, no question though :)

Karl P
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