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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: 5, Insightful) by jcd on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:07PM

    by jcd (883) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:07PM (#10825)

    Difficulty and potential for 'rushed-out-the-door' scenarios aside, we need more and more of this in the FOSS world. Financial incentives are powerful. Even the most well-meaning, FOSS-philosophy-believing, technical-know-how-having people need money to survive.

    "What good's an honest soldier if he can be ordered to behave like a terrorist?"
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Katastic on Tuesday March 04 2014, @09:17PM

    by Katastic (3340) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @09:17PM (#10969)

    If more people put their money where their mouths are, we'd have a ton of progress in areas that are lacking.

    People are willing to spend thousands on televisions, guitar equipment, and plenty of hobbies. But when it comes to software, everyone thinks it should be free.

    Specialize in what you're good at and outsource the rest. Otherwise, you're just wasting time.