[U-Boot-Board-Maintainers] [U-Boot-Custodians] [RFC] Eliminate boards not using CONFIG_DM=y

Tom Rini trini at konsulko.com
Tue Nov 26 16:26:18 UTC 2019

On Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 09:11:51AM +0100, Marek Vasut wrote:
> On 11/26/19 12:16 AM, Heinrich Schuchardt wrote:
> > Dear maintainers,
> Hi,
> > we have been trying to move to the driver model for several years now.
> > Starting in 2018 we have added warnings to the Makefile that boards not
> > supporting the driver model will be eliminated. Still 24 % of the
> > configuration files have not been converted and do not even use
> > CONFIG_DM=y.
> > 
> > If we want to get rid of legacy drivers, at some point we have to remove
> > the 347 configuration files in the list below not using the driver model.
> > 
> > I suggest to do this directly after the release of v2020.01 scheduled
> > January 6th.
> > 
> > This should not stop the maintainers from reinserting the boards after
> > conversion to the driver model.
> Some boards just cannot accommodate this DM stuff. For those boards,
> it's just bloat without any useful added value. Hence, these boards
> would be removed because they cannot accommodate arbitrary bloat. This
> makes U-Boot not-so-universal bootloader anymore, but rather a bloated one.
> I don't think we can force boards out or impose DM on everyone unless we
> can solve this bloat issue first.

As someone who was involved in creating this DM stuff, do you have some
ideas on addressing things?  Given that you're responsible for a number
of these platforms and can test out some ideas on them, what are you

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