Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We all know platforms like the Beagleboard, which are cheap hardware platforms which can be used in all sorts of projects. A new entry into this market is Raspberry Pi, a British ARM board which is slated to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. For a mere $25, you'll have a fully-configured ARM-based 1080p-capable mini-motherboard. The device is still in development, and only a few days ago, the alpha version of the board was demonstrated running Quake III.
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RE: BZZZT! Wrong!
by Morgan on Mon 29th Aug 2011 14:27 UTC in reply to "BZZZT! Wrong!"
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That's awesome! I don't hang out on IRC, haven't since the 90s (I know, what kind of Haiku fan am I???) but this makes me even more excited for the Raspberry Pi! Hopefully it will be a viable target device.

I consider myself extremely fortunate that both my laptop (Dell Latitude D620) and my desktop (HP SFF dc5100) are just about fully supported under Haiku as of the current build. Even wireless works on the Dell, minus WPA security. The laptop I was pretty sure of since the Latitude line has a long history of being supported under BeOS, but the desktop was a gamble.

Well it looks like I will be getting at least one R-Pi to be reserved for Haiku when the port is available, and a couple more to play around with in Arch Linux.

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RE[2]: BZZZT! Wrong!
by jonas.kirilla on Mon 29th Aug 2011 15:54 in reply to "RE: BZZZT! Wrong!"
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There's some talk on the raspberry page on some Linux driver(s?) for it not being open-source. That could be a hurdle for Haiku. Maybe it's just the 3D gfx, in which case a port might still be worthwhile.

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RE[3]: BZZZT! Wrong!
by Narishma on Mon 29th Aug 2011 16:53 in reply to "RE[2]: BZZZT! Wrong!"
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From what I understand, all the drivers will be open source. What won't be is the firmware that runs on the GPU. So basically if you're writing your own OS, you'll have to implement the public interface, then upload the binary blob to the GPU and use that interface to communicate with it.

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RE[2]: BZZZT! Wrong!
by tidux on Mon 29th Aug 2011 21:00 in reply to "RE: BZZZT! Wrong!"
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The D620 is fully supported? Damn, now I wish mine hadn't cooked itself to death. I'm running an E6410 now - do you think I'll have a problem with it?

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RE[3]: BZZZT! Wrong!
by Morgan on Tue 30th Aug 2011 05:19 in reply to "RE[2]: BZZZT! Wrong!"
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I'm not too familiar with your current model, but the D620 had no real issues with Haiku, at least in my configuration (Core2Duo 1.8GHz, Nvidia Quadro NVS video, Dell wireless 1390 aka Broadcom 4311). I think the only thing that didn't work at all was Bluetooth, and I don't think there is full Bluetooth support in Haiku yet. The SATA hard drive works fine too, I think Haiku sees it as regular ATA though.

As an aside, the D620 is also about 90% Hackintosh compatible out of the box under Leopard. It's pretty much the same specs as the first MacBook Pro, with the exception of the graphics chip, which works fine if you use the legacy enablers. The versions of the D620 with Intel GMA 950 video work perfectly without enablers, of course. The audio requires one of the custom kexts too, but I don't remember which one. Everything else, including wireless and Bluetooth, are automatically recognized as "genuine" Apple hardware.

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