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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I am not sure how the current situation in the ARM graphics space differs from say Nvidia's binary blob on x86. Not that I am advocating closed source drivers.

Well, for one, NVIDIA is actually quite committed to keeping their drivers working and they expend a lot of effort in fixing bugs in a timely manner. On the ARM side of things the manufacturers do a few crappy releases and don't really care if a release breaks something that worked before. Just go and take a look at the link I posted earlier about the state of the Mali-400 driver.

I would prefer F/OSS - drivers, but I have no qualms about using closed ones, either, I just wish the companies actually cared about the quality of their drivers! Oh, and kept the drivers alive for more than 6 months.

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