U-Boot 2020.10 Is Released With Support For Lots Of New Hardware

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U-Boot is a lesser-known Germany boot loader that's actually quite widely deployed on things like embedded devices, Chromebooks, networking gear and SpaceX rockets. The latest v2020.10 has a rather long list of interesting changes considering that it's only been three months since the last v2020.07 release.

written by 林慧 (Wai Lin) 2020-10-06 - last edited 2020-10-06. © CC BY

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U-Boot 2020.10 brings support for the UDP protocol.

The German U-Boot boot loader is not very popular among GNU/Linux distributions who all use GRUB but it's actually a widely used boot loader found on a lot of networking devices, Chromebooks and even things like hi-end HI-FI equipment.

The latest quarterly U-Boot release has a long list of changes since the last release. Those inlucde:

  • Frame-buffer copy support on x86 systems
  • Support for using U-Boot in Xen virtual machines
  • Support for the Rock Pi 4A/4B/4C boards
  • Support for ODROID Go2, ODROID C4, ODROID-N2, and a few other boards
  • Support for the AT91 CPU
  • Support for Octeon TX2 SoC's
  • Support for the "Arm Total Compute" platform
  • Support for XHCI and PCI and USB keyboard support on the Raspberry Pi 4
  • Support for using the SquashFS file system with both zstd and LZO compression
  • Limited initial platform support from Nexell Arm SoC's
  • Support for updating U-Boot using xFSTK on Intel Edison platforms
  • A new generic UDP protocol framework in the networking code

The U-Boot source code three is available at gitlab.denx.de/u-boot/u-boot. The homepage at denx.de/wiki/U-Boot/WebHome.

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