Ticket #46 (new enhancement)
Eliminate dependency on licensed code in Marvell firmware.
|Reported by:||jg||Owned by:||jg|
|Keywords:||Cc:||mbletsas@…, olpc@…, shirishag75@…, mtd, grantbow|
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Description (last modified by cjb) (diff)
We are using a Marvell Wireless chip; it has an ARM 9 processor and something like 96K of RAM.
Marvell licensed a proprietary microkernel as a framework for developing their firmware for the chip.
Since Marvell does not own this code, it is not theirs to give away, though much/most of the code now in the firmware is not encumbered. A suitably motivated person could take the OLPC code and retarget it for some other small embedded operating system (e.g. TinyOS, maybe), and then the firmware could itself be open source.
This would be very nice indeed, but OLPC itself does not have the resources to put into this. If someone volunteers, we can make the code available for porting to a free system.