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Re: ARM enablement nearly complete; testing needed


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On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM, Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff <
sergey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey guys,
> The armhf enablement of Daily PPA is nearly complete now. The only
> remaining items are failed builds of some Switchboard plugs which
> should resolve themselves in an hour or two. In all other respects
> armhf situation is 1:1 equal to the i386 and amd64 ones. And guess
> what it means? Exactly - it's time to test this stuff!
> If you happen to be running Ubuntu's armhf port, please take a backup
> of your system (just in case), add ppa:elementary-os/daily to your
> software sources and install the "pantheon" package (or cherrypick
> whatever dependencies of it you prefer). Then check out how apps work
> (and if they work at all) and report your findings to this mailing
> list!
> I don't anticipate any major issues in applications because all Vala
> code is translated to C+GLib code and thus is portable by definition.
> Also, we're not yet in a position to consider any crashes appearing on
> ARM architecture-specific :) I don't code in Vala myself so developers
> may correct me on this point further in this thread.
> Still, SoCs may have different performance bottlenecks than desktops
> do, so please report anything that works unusually slowly.
> The situation with Pantheon Shell is more interesting. In theory, Gala
> should run on OpenGL ES 2.0 (and OpenGL 1.3 too, which took me by
> surprise). However, I'm not aware of anybody actually trying that. So
> if you happen to have hardware 3D acceleration on your ARM device,
> please test Gala and report your findings. Don't forget to include the
> output of "es2_info" command!
> Also, it would be nice to be able to retrace Apport crashes submitted
> from armhf, so that developers can investigate and fix them. This
> requires an armhf-capable machine to run the retracer on. If you have
> any resources to spare on an armhf-capable server you run, or know how
> to set up ARMv7 emulation on amd64, please contact me.
> Kudos to Rico for making the armhf enablement happen!
> --
> Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff
> OS architect @ elementary
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