Re: imx6dl dunfell and kernel: linux-fslc or linux-fslc-imx?


Bas Mevissen
 

On 2021-02-25 13:32, Andrey Zhizhikin wrote:
Hello Bas,
On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 1:18 PM Bas Mevissen <abuse@...> wrote:
On 2021-02-25 12:21, Otavio Salvador wrote:
Em qui., 25 de fev. de 2021 às 06:53, Terry Barnaby
<terry@...> escreveu:
From what I am seeing I will have to use a NXP fsl-* based
distribution
to support the imx hardware video processing features. I have built
such
a distro with both linux-fslc-imx and limux-imx kernels (I think!) for
the Wandboard, which boots and runs but the HDMI display was not
functional. I will persevere looking at that.
No, you don't. You can use linux-fslc (mainline) and fslc-* distros as
i.MX6 has full mainline support. At O.S. Systems we have been using
Linux mainline with many customers with great success.
Wouldn't make sense to first evaluate the performance of the platform
(as Terry plans to do) first on an NXP fsl-* distro? In that case one
can get direct support from NXP if required. After that, derive your own
distro from fslc-*.
This might not be quite indicative, as the NXP kernel might have some
"shortcuts" to boost performance in certain areas, sacrificing
conformance of the source code.
At least you get an idea of what the HW platform can do.

You might experience the situation that video performs quite well, but
then after opting for NXP kernel - you might find that some other
areas are not working as expected (some other domains). This would put
you in a situation that you've already committed to choose and deploy
the NXP-based BSP and would leave you to solve the issues in those
domains on your own efforts.
This is my pure speculation here, so take it with a grain of salt though. :)
IMHO, you should never base your *product* on FSL. It is (at least, that is what was told me by (then) Freescale field engineers) only there to demonstrate the platform. Maybe that has changed over time.

When there is a huge performance difference between fsl and fslc, it needs to be resolved.

IMHO, this should be considered and before the final product receives
commitment to use either of BSP flavors - all areas should be
validated, not only the performance aspects of Multimedia domain.
Yes, when you have decided on the hardware to use. If you are evaluating the hardware to see whether it meets your requirements, you might want to take the option that gives you the best impression of the performance that can be achieved without too much of a hassle.
(it is an important step to do, at a stage of the development where time is usually very limited, so you want a quick but reliable result).

BTW Would kernel.org stable kernel work as well on i.MX6 if you need
graphics and video? I used it successfully for headless IOT
applications.
As Fabio already indicated - this is possible.
Fabio said "mainline". I'm not sure whether meant linux-fslc (as Otavio used it) or kernel.org.
So I wanted to check that.

Bas.
--
Regards,
Andrey.

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