[OpenWrt-Devel] [RFC] stop accepting 4/32M board patches

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Piotr Dymacz <pepe2k at gmail.com> 于2018年12月6日周四 上午3:54写道:
> Hi Mathias,
> On 05.12.2018 09:56, Mathias Kresin wrote:
> > Hey all,
> >
> > I would like to start to reject patches for adding boards with only 32
> > MByte of RAM and 4 MByte of flash [0]. These boards barely work with
> > todays OpenWrt default builds and require quite some modifications to be
> > useful at all [1].
> In general I agree but I still consider OpenWrt more like a platform
> than a ready Linux distribution. For me this means that even if snapshot
> or release images are missing for some devices because of their limited
> resources, thanks to keeping basic support for them in code base, users
> are still able to make use of them. There are already devices in repo
> which didn't get official image for 18.06 release but now have snapshot
> images and can be even more useful with a custom/self made image.
> > IMHO it doesn't make much sense to waste resources (reviewer time, build
> > resources) for boards which will most likely never see an official build
> > and/or are more or less unusable with the official build.
> In case of DTS based targets (where single device support in code
> doesn't have that big impact like in, for example, ar71xx) and good
> quality patch/PR I don't see a reason to not merge the support. And in
> case the official snapshot/release build can't fit in available flash
> space and we are really worried about build resources, we can just
> disable image generation for the device. This way, users and downstream
> projects would be still able to make use of OpenWrt on resource-limited
> devices without the need to maintain custom device support patches.
> > I prefer to have a joint statement which I can link to, to prevent
> > endless discussions or accusations of acting purely arbitrary.
> Instead of making this a strict rule now I would prefer to leave final
> decision to the developer who takes care of patch/PR _and_ establish a
> clear dead line for this to become a strict rule. Lets say: after 19.06
> release we no longer accept support patches for devices with only 4 MB
> of flash or 32 MB of RAM.

I'm a user from the Third World. Since devices with 64MB of RAM or
more are a little expensive for us.
I bought many devices with 1MB flash and 8MB ram, mainly ar9331 qca9533.
Then update the RAM to 64MB, and solder a simple sop8 socket to it,
and use 4MB 8MB 16MB of flash for it.
All works well.

> > I'm not sure whether the topic qualifies for a formal voting, hence the RFC.
> Thanks for bringing up this topic.
> --
> Cheers,
> Piotr
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