Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 04:12 UTC
Linux Software for the Raspberry Pi is quickly moving forward. Beyond the several core Linux distros, another couple dozen systems are available, with NetBSD, FreeBSD, and Chromium imminently stepping into the mix. (Ubuntu will not join them as it requires ARMv7 and the Pi is ARMv6). Two dozen programming languages are available, including Python, Perl, Java, Ruby 1.9.2, BASIC, and more. Since the Pi is a full fledged ARM computer, it should run nearly any ARM app within its system requirements. See the RPi Wiki or Foundation website for more info.
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RPi is still open-source hostile.
by Aristocracies on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:39 UTC
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As a Raspberry Pi owner, I'm increasingly unable to view the device as anything more than a $35 promotional toy advertising Broadcom's Videocore IV. You don't get to really play with that chip -- which by the way, drives the entire board and is the most interesting thing soldered onto it. The ARM gets initialized by the Videocore, the ARM merely exists as the interface users have to interacting with this black box.

You don't like the fact the firmware blobs are buggy and you trivially lock up the board while developing? Is low-level access really the only way you're going to develop applications interesting to you? Sucks to be you!

According to Liz Upton, one of the PR creeps from the Raspberry Pi Foundation has the following to say to actual developers complaining:

'... keep trying to rustle up some outrage if it gives you a kick; I’d recommend finding something else to do soon, though. We don’t want you developing an ulcer.'

When asked: 'Am I allowed to be outraged by the fact that it’s not really open, since I see no mention of actual documentation for the hardware? Or by this: http://www.raspberrypi.com/mpeg-2-license-key/ ? Can I get outraged by that?'

She replies: 'Well you *could*, but you wouldn’t half look silly.'

(sourced from: http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2221 )

What a charmer. This is someone totally detached from reality and is so full of herself and her own product she actually thinks she can talk to developers that way. She has no awareness that nothing the RPi has done or offered is very groundbreaking, ARM SoC eval boards like the RPi were inevitable -- the evolution of products like the Sheevaplug and other plug-computers in addition to hobbyist hits like the Arduino paved way for this.

Hardware is being eaten by software. Broadcom wants to produce an artificial value to their hardware by locking it up with their own crappy software and they want you to cheer for what an innovation this is. End of story.

Edited 2012-11-24 17:43 UTC

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