@scribe, I\'m not implying, or at the very least not trying to imply
, that the people on this thread have no expertise in these fields. I am saying that before you go implying that people are ignorant (and again, maybe that\'s not what you meant, so much get\'s lost with simple text) you show some of the cards in your hands so we can go, \"oh wow that person is really authoritative\" or \"This guy is really speaking out of turn\". Now the basic assumption I bring for the users on this forum is what you just described yourself as: someone who is very intelligent, may have been (in your case has been/is) a part of a multinational firm as an employee, but not in charge of the decision making process or as the person in charge of distribution and as such that this subject is outside our direct domain of knowledge and as such it\'s a little uncalled for personal opinions to rise to the point where we\'re basically calling the other person an idiot for (in our opinion) not knowing about subject mater X. Which is why I worded my first two responses the way I did, to remind you to step back and breath for a moment (which you did with your last post, I can\'t stress how much I really appreciate that as I\'ve thoroughly enjoyed your input all over this board
Which brings me back to the issue where I think we diverged on this thread
Will the r-pi be able to be used commercially. I think john summed up your (and many people\'s) position quite nicely. But I think the core issue is kinda that we\'re misunderstanding (in my opinion) what it is that we really don\'t have access to and as a result misunderstanding the impact of the GPU.
What my understanding is (and please if this is wrong correct me Jamesh or Gert) is that the GPU blob could very much be compared to the bios of a motherboard. The motherboard doesn\'t come with documentation on its bios, yet it doesn\'t reduce the ability of the end user to.. well use, the motherboard. It provides access to all relevant functions via a bios manager (the APIs for the GPU). Now there a very few number of people who have used a custom bios and even fewer who have designed a custom bios, yet this seldom creates any trouble for anyone.
Now this might be a false analogy, but obviously I don\'t think so
can we get some official response as to how accurate a view this is of the GPU blob?