Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 13th Nov 2012 06:13 UTC
In the News The Raspberry Pi has inspired a flock of competitors. Among them are the A13-OLinuXino, which you can purchase here for 45 euros. It comes with an A13 Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 3D Mali400 GPU, 512 MB RAM, and complete set of ports. Video is VGA. It ships Android 4.0 but also runs various Linux distros. You might also check out the $49US Cubieboard here and the UG802 for $89US here. And there's the MK802 micro-PC, a USB-sized device priced at $74US that runs Android 4.0, Ubuntu, Debian, and other distros. The tiny single-board computer has come of age.
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Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08


Wow, now THAT's big news! There definitely should be an article about this on OSnews, if there hasn't been one already.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15


Wow, now THAT's big news! There definitely should be an article about this on OSnews, if there hasn't been one already.
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I don't think most people here care. Just look at how little discussion this topic here has generated, and that link is only about the RPi -- an even smaller audience.

I'm somewhat disappointed, I was hoping for some interesting discussion here, or even just pointers to good Pandaboard-like devices with SATA and actually functional software.

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renox Member since:
2005-07-06


Wow, now THAT's big news!
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That depends on your POV, the driver is just an 'RPC shim' to a companion CPU which runs the "real" driver, so
-from a maintenance POV this is useless
-from a licensing POV 100% of the code running on the ARM CPU is Free which is a big news indeed.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

That depends on your POV, the driver is just an 'RPC shim' to a companion CPU which runs the "real" driver, so
-from a maintenance POV this is useless
-from a licensing POV 100% of the code running on the ARM CPU is Free which is a big news indeed.

Let me see if I get this right...
-GPU firmware is closed-source
-Driver is open-source, the communication protocol with the firmware is open-specced, and it is possible to implement an OSS OpenGL stack

Is that the way it works? If so, isn't it a big win already for OSS drivers developers?

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