Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2011 12:59 UTC, submitted by Martin H Hansen
RISC OS Sometimes, on a rather boring and run-of-the-mill Monday, I get news in the submission queue which just puts a gigantic smile on my face. We've talked about the Raspberry Pi before on OSNews, and other than reporting that everything's on track for a Christmas launch, it has also been announced that the Raspberry Pi will be able to run... RISC OS. A British educational ARM board running RISC OS? We have come full circle. And I couldn't be happier. Update: Theo Markettos emailed me with two corrections - Markettos isn't actually a representative of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and the quoted bits are transcribed, they're not Markettos' literal words. Thanks for clearing that up!
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RE: priorities
by twitterfire on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:06 UTC in reply to "priorities"
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

These guys should concentrate on enabling accelerated X drivers. I saw a recent video on their website where they demoed unaccelerated LXDE desktop. Unaccelerated sucks!

I'm all for alternative OSes but they better use the full capabilities of the computer.


3D acceleration is needed for what exactly? It's not like you are going to run Cryengine 2 or Unigine on it, anyway. I think it has linux drivers with 3D acceleration, as they were able to run Quake 3 Arena on it.

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RE[2]: priorities
by zima on Mon 31st Oct 2011 14:10 in reply to "RE: priorities"
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2005-07-06

I don't think he means 3D acceleration ...it's not even something that Openbox (typically paired with LXDE) has any means to use, IIRC.

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RE[3]: priorities
by kokara4a on Mon 31st Oct 2011 15:36 in reply to "RE[2]: priorities"
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2005-09-16

Indeed, I mean accelerated 2D. Currently, all drawing is done by software on a framebuffer. Moving a window across the display makes my eyes hurt. I'm not arguing that the device is useless without 2D acceleration, rather that it's a much smoother experience with it. And if the device can do it (maybe by using 3D to accelerate 2D if it lacks dedicated 2D hardware) then the software should employ it to that purpose. IMO that would be a much worthier goal than running N other OSes.

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RE[2]: priorities
by _txf_ on Mon 31st Oct 2011 15:02 in reply to "RE: priorities"
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2008-03-17

3D acceleration is needed for what exactly? It's not like you are going to run Cryengine 2 or Unigine on it, anyway. I think it has linux drivers with 3D acceleration, as they were able to run Quake 3 Arena on it.


Amusingly the RasberryPi processor started out as a gpu. They then bolted on a cpu (on the same die?). That is why it has such an unusual boot up sequence and such an underpowered application processor (at least in comparison with most arm contemporaries today).

Edited 2011-10-31 15:03 UTC

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