On 02/03/2018 11:26 PM, Forest Crossman wrote:
I'm suprised this hasn't been posted here yet, considering its
relevance to this project:

Thanks for this info.

The engineers at Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons) are running a
crowdfunding campaign to complete the upstream kernel support for the
CedarX Video Processing Unit (Allwinner hardware video
decoder/encoder). If you're not familiar with Bootlin, they're the
ones responsible for a lot of the other mainlining work that's already
been done for Alwinner SoCs, so they have experience getting patches
integrated upstream and with kernel development in general.

They've already reached their funding goal--which includes support for
MPEG-2, MPEG-4 part 2/H.263, and MPEG-4 part 10/H.264/AVC decoding on
the A20 SoC--but they have a few stretch goals that include support
for newer Allwinner SoCs, HEVC/H.265 decoding, and H.264 encoding.

Anyways, if any of you want to help fund the development of Free
Software, this looks like a pretty good opportunity to do so!

I think that work is really important for the goal of using the EOMA68-A20 in the years to come, instead of throwing it away. Upstream Linux kernel support is important for this, as is high quality library work.

Proper free software VPU support might enable the use of EOMA68-A20 as a media center system, even after it is too slow for e.g. web browsing.

For more information, see the Kickstarter campaign here:

I have just backed that campaign.


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