Author Archives: Albin Tonnerre

About Albin Tonnerre

Albin Tonnerre was an intern at Free Electrons. He impressed us by his technical skills and by what he managed to implement in 3 months: LZO kernel and initramfs decompression, supporting new AT91 boards in Linux and in U-boot, power management and boot time reduction.

LZO kernel compression

As Michael stated in his review of the interesting features in Linux 2.6.30, new compression options have been recently added to the kernel. We therefore decided to have a look at those compression methods, from a compression ratio and decompression … Continue reading

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CALAO boards supported in mainline U-Boot

I’m happy to announce that a couple days ago, support for the CALAO SBC35-A9G20, TNY-A9260 and TNY-A9G20 boards made its way into the U-Boot git repository. Sadly, it’s not possible to boot from an MMC/SD card with the SBC35 yet, … Continue reading

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Faster boot: starting Linux directly from AT91bootstrap

Reducing start-up time looks like one of the most discussed topics nowadays, for both embedded and desktop systems. Typically, the boot process consists of three steps: First-stage bootloader Second-stage bootloader Linux kernel The first-stage bootloader is often a tiny piece … Continue reading

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