4.11 Release Description Help Needed

Gedare Bloom gedare at gwu.edu
Tue May 26 15:34:27 UTC 2015

On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 5:20 AM, Pavel Pisa <pisa at cmp.felk.cvut.cz> wrote:
> Hello Joel,
> On Saturday 23 of May 2015 16:44:09 Joel Sherrill wrote:
>> Hi
>> A LOT has happened since our last release. The release
>> page (https://devel.rtems.org/wiki/Release/4.11) has a
>> lot of the changes listed but a quick scan shows that
>> at least:
>> + SMP not mentioned
>> + dynamic loading not mentioned
>> + or1k not mentioned
>> +epiphany not mentioned
>> + other new BSPs missing? tms570 missing for sure
> I would suggest to mark tms570 BSP as experimental/minimal still
> until it is updated to build with actual Premysl Houdek's
> headers files. This task is still pending.
> Should I update that in Wiki?
Yes please do. I guess folks can also use the TI headers right? if
they agree to its terms.

> I am unhappy that we have not get to new headers for 4.11
> release but that is lost case now. Question is, if change
> can be introduced/backported to the stable release later.
Yes we can include it in dot release.

>> + rtems-tester not mentioned
>> + RSB only mentioned because I added some
>> + recent timekeeping work missing
>> + shell improvements looks too short
>> + What else?
> The significant enhancement is ability to run RTEMS
> in graphic mode on contemporary PC hardware - VESA Bios
> Extension support by Jan Dolezal. I would be happy if his
> latest changes to enable this support gets in because they
> make VBE framebuffer the default. Analysis of the patches
> inclusion
>  - the change arrived quite late so it is a little risky
>    that some problem is not found before release (but x86
>    with graphics is not commonly used)
>  + the VBE selected as default simplifies configuration
>    for user
>  + inclusion now has advantage, that only single set
>    of instructions need to be prepared. Else 4.11 ones
>    would be different/more complicated than 4.12 release
>    when configuration is simplified
I asked joel to give a review and commit if he likes it.

> Best wishes,
>               Pavel
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