Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 04:12 UTC
Linux Software for the Raspberry Pi is quickly moving forward. Beyond the several core Linux distros, another couple dozen systems are available, with NetBSD, FreeBSD, and Chromium imminently stepping into the mix. (Ubuntu will not join them as it requires ARMv7 and the Pi is ARMv6). Two dozen programming languages are available, including Python, Perl, Java, Ruby 1.9.2, BASIC, and more. Since the Pi is a full fledged ARM computer, it should run nearly any ARM app within its system requirements. See the RPi Wiki or Foundation website for more info.
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So how does this closed GPU situation impact you with the boards and devices you play with?

There was a few weeks back a mini-story here about three different ARM-based boards, similar to the RPi, and I wrote there in the comments about my experiences with my Pandaboard. See Or if you don't wish to read the whole comment I'll just say that the current situation sucks arse.

I really like all the possibilities and the general idea that these small, cheap boards represent, but until there is a company out there that is actually willing to maintain a properly working set of drivers for their chips and/or willing to release fully-working F/OSS drivers I just cannot quite recommend anything. I wish the companies would see the potential and commit themselves to enabling us -- as a community -- to take the scene where it belongs.

Edited 2012-11-25 06:26 UTC

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