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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There simply isn't anything in ARM SoC space where this is not the situation at the moment. The closest we have are people attempting to reverse-engineer ARM's Mali line of GPUs (used on that ODROID-X, for example) and the Lima driver currently is quite primitive, as WereCatf mentioned.

This is pretty serious stuff, though. Every day I'm more convinced that the war against general purpose computing is going to be won by merely cutting off access to proper video card support. How relevant can you really be to the average person if you can't even handle a compositing desktop with the bells and whistles like they've come to expect? Oh boy, we have framebuffer access -- I'm sure my family is going to love rocking Openbox like it's 1999.

The fact is -- right now there's a $120 board that's more than capable of handling most people's desktop needs, except we can't write proper software to make that fully realized. But feel free to gaze upon and wonder what could be.

Edited 2012-11-24 20:53 UTC

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