Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember the Raspberry Pi ARM board we talked about last week? Well, while running Quake III is all fine and dandy and illustrates the board is capable of something, it didn't really tell me anything since I'd guess few people are going to use such a board for gaming. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Raspberry Pi team posted another demo today - running 1080p video for eight hours straight. The chip was still cool to the touch. And just to reiterate: $25.
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Hope someone cracks open that GPU
by jabjoe on Tue 13th Sep 2011 12:30 UTC
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If that GPU gets reverse engineered (and I'm sure avoiding this is what the GPU booting everything is all about), then the dark cloud of it's closeness might be broken up. I know many people don't understand the importance of it being open, but hopefully, after owning one of these, a few years down the line, they will understand. A lot more people understanding the importance of open drivers is itself a big contribution.

The drivers will be frozen in time, if they aren't already. At best we can hope for bugfixs for a while. We can't hope for them to be developed further. With all the flux in the graphics stack right now, it's a bad time to be freezing graphical stuff. Pretty soon after release we will find we can only use kernels that can be used with the close drivers. As it's a userland thing too, parts of the userland will be frozen too. Built in obsolescence. Build in limitations. I still want reassurance it can play any old HD content, not approved content only (i.e. DRM rubbish). I've got a feeling these will be only any use as headless pretty soon if you want to run anything modern on them. I'll still buy one because they are so cheap, and even headless, they are very useful. But I hold hope someone really clever will find a way of opening that GPU.

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