VisionFive2 Linux kernel

StarFive Tech Linux Kernel for VisionFive (JH7110) boards (mirror)

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author: Emil Renner Berthing <> 2021-05-05 20:03:04 +0200 committer: Emil Renner Berthing <> 2021-09-12 14:35:04 +0200 commit: 44d398faf45e09488f2ddf0813a85ce4b9c3cb42 parent: 633f8b0c0729804808e1c3d8f9d0b1e8adb4dcc7
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+# Linux kernel for the BeagleV Starlight
+## What is this?
+The [BeagleV Starlight][bborg] board is a new Linux-capable 64bit RISC-V
+development board. It has not shipped yet, but [beta versions][beta] are out to
+developers. Consequently the board is not yet supported by upstream Linux. This
+tree is meant to collect all the in-development patches for running Linux on
+the board.
+## Cross-compiling
+Cross-compiling the Linux kernel is surprisingly easy since it doesn't depend
+on any (target) libraries and most distributions already have packages with a
+working cross-compiler. We'll also need a few other tools to build everything:
+# Debian/Ubuntu
+sudo apt-get install libncurses-dev libssl-dev bc flex bison make gcc gcc-riscv64-linux-gnu
+# Fedora
+sudo dnf install ncurses-devel openssl openssl-devel bc flex bison make gcc gcc-riscv64-linux-gnu
+# Archlinux
+sudo pacman -S --needed ncurses openssl bc flex bison make gcc riscv64-linux-gnu-gcc
+The build system needs to know that we want to cross-compile a kernel for
+RISC-V by setting `ARCH=riscv`. It also needs to know the prefix of our
+cross-compiler using `CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu-`. Also let's assume
+we're building on an 8-core machine so compilation can be greatly sped up by
+telling make to use all 8 cores with `-j8`.
+First we need to configure the kernel though. Linux has a *very* extensive
+configuration system, but you can get a good baseline configuration for the
+board using:
+make -j8 ARCH=riscv CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu- beaglev_defconfig
+There is nothing magic about this configuration other than it has all the
+drivers enabled that are working for the hardware on the board. In fact it has
+very little extra features enabled which is great for compile times, but you
+are very much encouraged to add additional drivers and configure your kernel
+further using
+make -j8 ARCH=riscv CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu- nconfig
+Now compile the whole thing with
+make -j8 ARCH=riscv CROSS_COMPILE=riscv64-linux-gnu-
+## Installing
+Once the build has finished the resulting kernel can be found at
+You'll also need the matching device tree at
+These two files should be copied to the boot partition on the SD card. That is
+onto the same file system that contains the `extlinux/extlinux.conf`. On the
+default Fedora image this is mounted at `/boot`.
+Now add the following entry to the `extlinux/extlinux.conf` file:
+label My New Kernel
+kernel /Image
+fdt /jh7100-beaglev-starlight.dtb
+append earlycon console=ttyS0,115200n8 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootwait stmmac.chain_mode=1
+This assumes your root file system is at `/dev/mmcblk0p2` which it is on the
+default Fedora image. Also if your kernel is very big it might be beneficial to
+use the compressed `Image.gz` rather than the uncompressed `Image`.
+The `beaglev_defconfig` doesn't enable modules, but if you enabled them in
+your build you'll also need to install them in `/lib/modules/` on the root file
+system. How to do that best is out of scope for this README though.
+## Status
+#### SoC
+- [x] Pinctrl/Pinmux
+- [x] GPIO
+- [x] Serial port
+- [x] I2C
+- [x] SPI
+- [x] MMC / SDIO / SD card
+- [x] Random number generator
+- [x] Temperature sensor
+- [x] Ethernet, though a little flaky and `stmmac.chain_mode=1` needed on the cmdline
+- [x] USB, USB 3.0 is broken with `CONFIG_PM` enabled
+- [x] Framebuffer, fbdev driver so not upstreamable
+- [x] NVDLA
+- [ ] Clock tree, statically set up by u-boot, WIP clock driver
+- [ ] Watchdog
+- [ ] Security Engine
+- [ ] MIPI-DSI
+- [ ] ISP
+- [ ] MIPI-CSI
+- [ ] Video Decode
+- [ ] Video Encode
+- [ ] NNE50
+- [ ] Vision DSP
+#### Board
+- [x] LED
+- [x] PMIC / Reboot
+- [x] Ethernet PHY
+- [x] HDMI, working with [some screens][hdmi]
+- [x] AP6236 Wifi
+- [ ] AP6236 Bluetooth
+- [ ] GD25LQ256D SPI flash
+## Contributing
+If you're working on cleaning up or upstreaming some of this or adding support
+for more of the SoC I'd very much like to incorporate it into this tree. Either
+send a pull request, mail or contact Esmil on IRC/Slack.
+Also I think of this tree mostly as a collection of patches that will hopefully
+mature enough to be submitted upstream. So expect regular rebases.