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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) by Foobar Bazbot on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:34PM

    by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @06:34PM (#10843) Journal

    Imagine shipping Rasppi with this documentation.

    Yeah, then instead of being the only thing besides bitcoin I ever saw on /. for months, RaspPi could have... been the only thing besides bitcoin I ever saw on /. for months.

    I have no idea what actual sales numbers were, or how much better you think an open graphics driver would have made them, but they certainly couldn't have had any more hype than they did.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by TheRaven on Wednesday March 05 2014, @09:49AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Wednesday March 05 2014, @09:49AM (#11241) Journal
    Sales numbers were in the millions at least (if you're really interested, I can ask - half of the RPi Foundation board works one floor up). It's been enough to annoy a lot of people. ARM's software teams were all ready to declare ARMv6 dead and unsupported and then the RPi took off and now they have a few million consumer devices with people actively wanting to run things on them. FreeBSD's ARMv6 port is actually ARMv7-and-RPi - it won't work on a stock ARMv6 core, it has to be at least an ARM1156 (the RPi has an ARM1176). We'd love to be able to require Thumb-2, since it makes significantly (30-50%) smaller binaries, which given the small i-cache sizes of most ARM cores, makes a noticeable difference, but the RPi doesn't support them so we can't. We're likely to end up shipping packages for ARMv7 and separate ones for the RPi.
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