[riot-notifications] [RIOT-OS/RIOT] cpu/mips: Remove platform (#11788)

MrKevinWeiss notifications at github.com
Fri Jul 12 10:07:23 CEST 2019

I would like to remove the [malta](https://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/MIPS_Malta) board at least. I think the first effort should be at removing the boards that are obsolete such as ones that cannot be purchased anymore or are clearly not a good candidate for RIOT.

The fact is we _can_ give the wifire and clicker some love (I have the boards) and get the flasher going since there is a PR #9259. From the marketing point of view it is still nice to say we support it (assuming we actually support it).

>From the maintainability cost point of view, if we can get it up to the point where it can go in the on-target test rack (ie paper-ci) and the hardware assisted ci (ie PHiLIP) there would only be the maintenance of keeping it up to date (such as porting any api change or blacklists), which is some work but doable considering what we get.  This would have an advantage of distributed workload rather than someone having to update everything at once.

Maybe we say we start to deprecate it and if nothing has been done to get it up to what the minimum RIOT standard should be then we remove it (that is 6 months or so). That being said, maybe with some reviewing help from @francois-berder and some prs from @cladmi I could help push the rest though.  Since I have an interest on getting it in my HiL setup I am willing to give it some love (though I don't want to be responsible fully for it as just the openmote-b has cost me about 30 hours debugging and adding hacks due to poor documentation and questionable board design decisions).

We should remove malta (and think about removing other boards) and deprecate the MIPS cpu then remove if nobody improves until the deprecation time runs out.  Though I am willing to invest some time into improving it.

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