[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH] kernel: ath10k-ct: provide a build variant for small RAM devices

Paul Fertser fercerpav at gmail.com
Sun Dec 15 07:01:14 EST 2019

Thank you for the answer Christian,

On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 12:00:48PM +0100, Christian Lamparter wrote:
> I think for this to have any chance of moving forward you'll need to
> pressure your ODMs and if that doesn't work: Go with a different WIFI
> chip vendor that supports low memory devices, or add more RAM.
> From what I can tell, Qualcomm nowadays gets what they want "for free"
> and for the past four-five years, they certainly didn't feel pressured
> to add "low memory" support to ath10k.

FWIW, OpenWrt's ath10k vendor is CT now, not QCA, so it's not much
relevant what do ODMs and (whatever is left from) QCA say, I guess.

It would be kind of weird to force OpenWrt users of certain devices to
downgrade to upstream ath10k (or to abandon hardware that is working
fine for them with previous OpenWrt release) just because Atheros no
longer exist and Qualcomm can't care less about free software
community, don't you think so?

I'll try to find the mailing list posts you're talking about to help
Ben decide if he is still OK with those patches getting used on
low-RAM devices in OpenWrt or not.

Be free, use free (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html) software!
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