Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember the Raspberry Pi ARM board we talked about last week? Well, while running Quake III is all fine and dandy and illustrates the board is capable of something, it didn't really tell me anything since I'd guess few people are going to use such a board for gaming. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Raspberry Pi team posted another demo today - running 1080p video for eight hours straight. The chip was still cool to the touch. And just to reiterate: $25.
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RE: Comment by Brynet
by ilovebeer on Fri 9th Sep 2011 16:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

GPU (..including the h264 decoder) is 100% proprietary, and the boot architecture of this device is fucked up.

Do. Not. Want.

Too much emphasis is put on whether or not hardware/software uses proprietary components. The end-user couldn't care less (minus a small handful of exceptions as usual). The only thing that really matters is whether it works or not. And this thing appears to.

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"Long term" matters
by Nth_Man on Fri 9th Sep 2011 18:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
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2010-05-16

The only thing that really matters is whether it works or not.

"Long term" matters. A lot of software technologies have been proprietary and cheap at the beginning... to be used, at long term, to abuse of people, when the market has grown and there is a vendor lock-in.

In a vendor lock-in, without competition... conscientious people finally get tired of paying for services and products just to serve interests of monopolistic companies. Most of them finally realize about planned obsolescence, about plans that force them to pay, wait, pay, wait, pay...

Money from planned obsolescence is also paid in part by all people, as we are customers of companies that must pay software monopolies, as we are citizens of an affected country and so we have to pay more money in taxes, etc.

That extra money and time does not go to the benefit of people, but to profit some interested parts.

So most of the conscientious people... at short or long term... finally care about free/libre software.

Edited 2011-09-09 18:28 UTC

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RE: "Long term" matters
by ilovebeer on Fri 9th Sep 2011 18:34 in reply to ""Long term" matters"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

"The only thing that really matters is whether it works or not.

"Long term" matters. A lot of software technologies have been proprietary and cheap at the beginning... to be used, at long term, to abuse of people, when the market has grown and there is a vendor lock-in.

In a vendor lock-in, without competition... conscientious people finally get tired of paying for services and products just to serve interests of monopolistic companies. Most of them finally realize about planned obsolescence, about plans that force them to pay, wait, pay, wait, pay...

Money from planned obsolescence is also paid in part by all people, as they are customers of companies that must pay software monopolies, as they are citizens of an affected country and so have to pay more taxes, etc.

That extra money and time does not go to the benefit of people, but to profit some interested parts.

So most of the conscientious people... at short or long term... finally care about free/libre software.
"

While the theory holds water, I completely reject it as being applicable here. No, I do not have a crystal ball that allows me to peer into the future. But, given other devices of similar design, purpose, and intent, there's absolutely zero evidence to lead a person to your conclusion.

And I stand by my assumption that most people wanting to tinker with one of these couldn't care less about proprietary firmware, etc. Does their web/media/whatever server work? Does their htpc work? If yes, then who cares? Most people I know, whether in the software or hardware field or not, don't. Don't forget who the audience is here.

Edited 2011-09-09 18:35 UTC

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