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posted by girlwhowaspluggedout on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the the-only-way-to-win-is-play dept.

FrogBlast writes:

"Last week, Broadcom released the full source of the OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 driver stack for the Broadcom VideoCore IV 3D graphics core, which they provide under a 3-clause BSD license. The VideoCore IV core is used in many of Broadcom's processors, including the BCM2835 chip, which is used in the Raspberry Pi.

But because the release targets the BCM21553 3G cellphone chip, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a bounty of $10,000 to the first person to port it to the BCM2835 chip and successfully run Quake III 'at a resolution of 1920-1080 and a minimum of 20fps, without making use of the capabilities of the blob'. The port, it says, 'should be reasonably straightforward' to accomplish."

 
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by ikanreed on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:21PM

    by ikanreed (3164) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:21PM (#10779) Journal

    Do we get to see an incredibly unstable rushed-out-the-door-to-make-a-profit port that technically meets the requirements? Or is it sufficiently low a bounty that someone who would work on it anyways says to themselves "Might as well finish, it's a lot of money?"

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by hubie on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:33PM

    by hubie (1068) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:33PM (#10795) Journal

    The rushed-out-the-door version would still have merit in that the startup effort has been done and one could patch what was there. Of course, if the foundation for the code was so shaky that it really warranted a complete re-write, then you're back to square one, but that would also be true of any version put forward.