Linaro Connect in progress. Bubblegum 96 announced and present at 96boards website. But I am waiting for MIPS version…
Why MIPS? Looking how earlier Consumer Edition 96 boards devices got released it looks to me that compliance to specification is optional. And as there is no information that cpu has to be ARM (“Design is SoC independent (targets 32 or 64 bit SoCs)”) so let make MIPS one.
I thought about Atmega first but kernel support shall be provided and video output. On the other side — both ([Linux kernel on AVR](http://dmitry.gr/index.php?r=05.Projects&proj=07.%20Linux%20on%208bit) and (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNCqrylNY-0)) were already done in past on that platform so maybe it could be done.
You can run any random kernel release, have own set of ugly patches for bootloader. And you will get “96 boards officially certified” stamp on it.
In my opinion 96boards project should enforce “your SoC should have at least minimal support in linux-next kernel tree” rule before even looking at products. Actions Semi maybe is good in producing chips but looks like they have no idea how to take care of software.