Quote from Lob0426 on September 10, 2011, 17:34
SpaceHobo: at this point it is apparent that "they", the foundation, are not able to "open" the GPU. What we are trying to get across is that at this time it is a moot argument. There are many that have made this argument and the answer just is not going to change. I, and others will use it, as it is. Price/performance is the highest, will be the highest on the market at it's release. it will Work well as a NAS, it will work well as a programming tool/trainer, I will be interested to see how successful the people are at using it as a desktop or laptop replacement and it will be an excellent pocket size computing "device"! Not trying to be rude, but this may not be the device for you if you need direct access to the GPU. I do not know if any one of the boards on the market will give you direct access to the GPU. If you find any that will, please post them, as there are others that are interested also.
Nobody needs direct access to the GPU except the people who are *able* to write code for it, and that is very few people indeed. And there is no need for access to the GPU blob in order to maintain compatibility with the Linux ABI. That's the job of the low level drivers on the Arm side.
The OSS status of the Arm side drivers is still under discussion I believe, but I may be a bit behind the times. It will depend on how much 'value' there is to Broadcom in those drivers - if publishing the code makes it easier for people to copy their designs/ideas (and therefore cost them money) then it seems obvious which way they will go. They have a duty to shareholders to maximise profits, and if it could be proven that they gave stuff away which cost the shareholders, then they would be in trouble.
My personal thoughts are that there isn't anything on the Arm side *at the moment* which could cause issues. But I am not management (and this stuff goes VERY high up)
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