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Anyway i am just curious as to what the thinking is in reqards to the older S8xx based boxes going forward, In particular the S812’s as for most general use that box still makes a excellent kodi and emulator based machine.
I realize that the development community is kinda split between the whole “mainstream” debate and the when and ifs of when it will happen and don’t want to start a whole re-hash of the subject but i am interested in whats going to happen to some of the older boxes that really still work fine. The current issue i see is basically the lack of a more active development scene as everyone’s more entrenched in the newer boxes and sbc’s.
I am curious as to the state of the kernel on the older S8xx boxes and wondering why there has never been any real public attempt of dragging the S812 as a example up to a newer kernel as its for sure doable but for some reason never seemed to get into the public.
I understand all of the issues (mosly gpu stack related) with all of the current devices and the lack of any real hardware support and all of the why’s and understand people are supposedly working on fixing that stuff but as someone thats been around for along time also am aware of the reality and theres no quarantee of if and when any of these actually complete and materialize out in the public as this cycle has been going of for years.
Looking forward i agree that all of that stuff is great but in the meantime as new devices keep appearing a lot of the development seems to once again move off to the new devices before any real solid software is created on the existing devices creating this loop of buy/hope for the best/buy something newer which has now compounded with the emergence of a much more active sbc market catering more to the high end users.
I get it as i am in that area myself but still i see value in the older boxes for the average user just looking to stream regular content without having to break the bank. This isn’t about being cheap but more in seeing usable boxes not end up in the recycle dump while still being usable.
I have been around pretty much since the advent of the box scene doing my own thing and watched as things went from OpenELEC and a few other projects to the current level with the current Spin-offs but never quite understood why the idea of moving the older boxes up off the 3.xx kernels never got any traction publicly and seemed to stay in the realm of non-public developers.
Anyways i am just interested in what peoples thoughts are on moving those boxes off the old kernels and up to more current levels are, even it if means those kernels are non-mainline because they contain fixes and binary blobs to fully enable the hardware. With the older S812’s that mali core is alot closer to full hardware support then the newer mali’s are so its not as big a deal as the newer 9xx box issues are. To be honest the only real reason to drag them up to a newer kernel is more routed in being able to support the newer versions of Kodi in the coming years and who cares if those kernels are mainlined or not. I get LibreELEC and their developers attitude about the mainline thing but to be honest i think its mostly driven by the fact that LibreELEC is now a product thats trying to cater to as many devices as it can because its now become a business for some of the people involved which is fine with me but in the meantime it leaves a big area now uncovered while they Hope for solutions to fix the whole main-line thinking going on over there.
Anyways hopefully i have not offended or overstepped any boundaries here but would truly be interested in what peoples thoughts are as i am currently working on a project that will see the S812’s up on 5.1 kernel even tho it won’t be mainstream.