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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Dirge
Member since:
2005-07-14

I am not sure how the current situation in the ARM graphics space differs from say Nvidia's binary blob on x86. Not that I am advocating closed source drivers.

There is some speculation over on Phoronix about Imagination Technologies open sourcing their PowerVR graphics in the near future. I hope this comes as a neat surprise to you.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I am not sure how the current situation in the ARM graphics space differs from say Nvidia's binary blob on x86. Not that I am advocating closed source drivers.


Well, for one, NVIDIA is actually quite committed to keeping their drivers working and they expend a lot of effort in fixing bugs in a timely manner. On the ARM side of things the manufacturers do a few crappy releases and don't really care if a release breaks something that worked before. Just go and take a look at the link I posted earlier about the state of the Mali-400 driver.

I would prefer F/OSS - drivers, but I have no qualms about using closed ones, either, I just wish the companies actually cared about the quality of their drivers! Oh, and kept the drivers alive for more than 6 months.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I would prefer F/OSS - drivers, but I have no qualms about using closed ones, either, I just wish the companies actually cared about the quality of their drivers! Oh, and kept the drivers alive for more than 6 months.

The thing is, closed-source drivers that don't break is somewhat alien to the way Linux kernel development works. After all, who needs such a things as a stable ABI when you can just ask all low-level devs to bundle everything and the kitchen sink in the huge kernel codebase instead?

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