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