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i.MX6: Using kernel from Linus mainline instead of Freescale git

Question asked by Ganesan K on Feb 16, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 10, 2016 by Fabio Estevam

We have been using the i.MX kernel from the following link. We use any stable _GA release for i.MX6.


In my understanding this is the standard procedure followed by most of the Freescale/NXP customers. But I am wondering whether it is possible to take the kernel from Linus mainline ( knowing that Freescale/NXP submits patches to the mainline eventually.


Can anyone provide clarity on the following,

  • Does Freescale/NXP kernel maintainer apply patches and test all branches of Linus mainline 3.14.y, 3.18.y, 4.1.y, 4.3.y, 4.4.y, ..... ? or is it expected (I doubt it) that it work automatically in all branches?
  • When the i.MX Chip specific patches are submitted to mainline kernel? Is there are strategy?
  • Are the patches submitted periodically? or what is the strategy?



Ganesan. K