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[2]: BZZZT! Wrong!
by jonas.kirilla on Mon 29th Aug 2011 15:54 UTC in reply to "RE: BZZZT! Wrong!"
jonas.kirilla
Member since:
2005-07-11

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!"
Narishma Member since:
2005-07-06

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[4]: BZZZT! Wrong!
by Morgan on Tue 30th Aug 2011 05:08 in reply to "RE[3]: BZZZT! Wrong!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't think that will be a problem for the Haiku team, as they are already using the more permissive MIT license anyway. They don't have to worry about X and all its problems either; they will hopefully be able to smoothly integrate whatever binary GPU blobs might be necessary.

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