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Re: [PATCH] prom_free_prom_memory for QEMU

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] prom_free_prom_memory for QEMU
From: Dmitri Vorobiev <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 20:47:10 +0300
Cc: Atsushi Nemoto <>,
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Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 07:43:12PM +0300, Dmitri Vorobiev wrote:
>>>>> I was actually planning to remove the Qemu platform for 2.6.25.  The
>>>>> Malta emulation has become so good that there is no more point in having
>>>>> the underfeatured synthetic platform that CONFIG_QEMU is.
>>>> I wholeheartedly agree with that. It is a godsend to me that I can use
>>>> identical configs to build the kernels for QEMU and for a physical Malta.
>>>> Emulation is more convenient to me because QEMU boots and runs faster
>>>> than the board I'm working with. Many thanks for that to QEMU developers.
>>>> Off the topic, how about the plans to remove Atlas support?
>>> Maciej is promising to fix it up since a few years ;-)  Aside of that it's
>>> safe to say the Atlas is dead like a coffin nail.
>> Well, I could do the proper cleanup, if you give your sayso. As I wrote here
>> yesterday, I noticed that Malta code was screaming for being put into proper
>> shape. If MIPS maintainers are interested in applying such janitorial 
>> patches,
>> I could simultaneously wipe the Atlas support off.
>> So?
> Of course janitorial patches will be considered.

I'm rolling up the sleeves.

> The Malta code used to scream even way louder.  I made an opportunistic
> attempt at fixing the one or other corner over time, whenever something
> was getting in my way for some reason.

I see. Actually, I am teaching system programming at the premises of the Moscow
State University and I am now working on a lab assignment where a Malta board
will be involved. In the classes, I insist that my students follow the coding
style rules to the letter, that's why I really want the Malta code to be 
worthy of imitation.  :)

>   Ralf

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