[LEDE-DEV] [RFC 0/6 v2] Add the PC Engines APU2 to LEDE

Dave Taht dave.taht at gmail.com
Sat Oct 22 11:48:35 PDT 2016

On Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 11:13 AM, STR . <strykar at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> This is the 2nd RFC to port the PC Engines APU2 board to LEDE. The last
> RFC can be found at
> http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/lede-dev/2016-October/003326.html
> Nice!
>> Default Packages:
>>  - lm-sensors - Temp Monitoring
> Does lm-sensors report all 4 core temps or just 1?
>> Changes added from the last RFC:
>> - Removed hwclock package as it's included in busybox
> Can we add '--inode support' to busybox's df? Currently there's no way to
> tell inode usage.
> The current busybox binary feels so gimped, I built it with every feature
> enabled and it worked with no issues.
>> Changes rejected from the last RFC:
>> - add usb-serial-kmod - The goal of this port is to add support for all
> sold hardware via PC Engines. As they do not sell 2G/3G/4G PCI-E modems,
> this will not be included.
> I'm disappointed at this decision. The board has 3 mini-PCI, 1 for mSATA
> only. Who buys this SoC to not populate the slots?
> I understand most owrt/lede targets have huge restrictions on RAM and disk
> space but the APU2 isn't one of them and IMHO shouldn't be painted with the
> same brush.
> This cannot attract new APU2 owners to LEDE outside of those who can rebuild
> the features they need.
> This minimal approach suits low powered arm/mipsel SoCs but seems out of
> place on a fairly beefy machine like an APU which supports virtualization.

I share the desire to make the default apu2 build as fully featured as possible,
requiring minimal to no additional setup. Flash space is not a problem
these days.

> Your suggestions will gimp the OS on the APU to worse than that of a
> https://omnia.turris.cz/en and this is probably why I think they're going
> with a debian derivative instead of owrt.

> I haven't kept up with the Turris project since I got an apu2 instead.

So far as I know turris is still openwrt/lede derived. Haven't got mine yet.

>> If there are any comments, suggestions, or visible improvements please let
> me know/reply with some patches.
> I am currently travelling and will test the lm-sensors issue as described in
> http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/lede-dev/2016-October/003374.html when
> I'm back.
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Dave Täht
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