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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Opens Up SHIELD Gaming Operating System

    The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming device/console was released at the end of July and now NVIDIA has come forward with the source-code to the whole operating system in hopes of encouraging enthusiasts to modify and improve the platform...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQzMTM

  • #2
    Does it mean that GPU drivers were opened too?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by makson View Post
      Does it mean that GPU drivers were opened too?
      The people on this server. Give a man a fish, and he'll complain that you didn't give him a fishing boat.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dh04000 View Post
        The people on this server. Give a man a fish, and he'll complain that you didn't give him a fishing boat.
        I am not complaining, just asking.
        But if they did not release drivers, than what they actually released, as Android is open source anyway?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dh04000 View Post
          Give a man a fish, and he'll complain that you didn't give him a fishing boat.
          I think the better analogy would be that nVidia gave you (us) the bait.
          The NVIDIA SHIELD ... runs "100%" on Google's Android, so the code drop isn't exactly a huge surprise.
          This seems to be nothing more than publicity. But I emphasize "seems" as we may see something good. Someone that goes digging though it will soon tell us.

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          • #6
            I wonder if this means that now it would be possible for a third party to add Linux support to the "PC game streaming" feature, or implement a similar feature that supports Linux?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dh04000 View Post
              The people on this server. Give a man a fish, and he'll complain that you didn't give him a fishing boat.
              Since when is a question (and in this case even a good one) a complain?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dh04000 View Post
                The people on this server. Give a man a fish, and he'll complain that you didn't give him a fishing boat.
                Is that a joke? To continue your analogy, I'd rather have a very very small fishing boat than a ton of fish.

                i.e. bare OS, but free drivers, are better for me than closed drivers with opened OS frontend.

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                • #9
                  Hmmm, I wonder if there is exfat source code in there since it has a card slot.

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                  • #10
                    Android again? No, thanks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dh04000 View Post
                      The people on this server. Give a man a fish, and he'll complain that you didn't give him a fishing boat.
                      Apparently you don't know how much of a clusterfuck ARM devices are due to the complete and total lack of standardization. They are not the same as standard X86 system.

                      See this from yesterday: Android AOSP Leader Quits Over Binary GPU Drivers

                      No OSS drivers, no sale.
                      Last edited by Kivada; 08-08-2013, 12:40 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kivada View Post
                        Apparently you don't know how much of a clusterfuck ARM devices are due to the complete and total lack of standardization. They are not the same as standard X86 system.

                        See this from yesterday: Android AOSP Leader Quits Over Binary GPU Drivers

                        No OSS drivers, no sale.
                        I dunno. Seems that there are quite a few ARM devices selling these days.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pankkake View Post
                          Is that a joke?
                          Yes, it was a joke. I was poking fun that the first comment wasn't "yay, opensource code and the possibilities that it opens!". Instead it was "I want more! F-U-Nvidia! (Linus Flipoff)".

                          It was a very american attitude, to be given more when before you had none (I am an american btw). How many other game system makers give you the OS code for god's sake? This is definitely a nice start!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                            Hmmm, I wonder if there is exfat source code in there since it has a card slot.
                            Shield uses NTFS (read-only) or FAT32. Nvidia is working on bringing full NTFS and exFAT functionality.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dh04000 View Post
                              Yes, it was a joke. I was poking fun that the first comment wasn't "yay, opensource code and the possibilities that it opens!". Instead it was "I want more! F-U-Nvidia! (Linus Flipoff)".
                              No, it was not. If the article claims that the whole OS will be opened it is a valid question if that includes a formerly closed driver. There was no demand at all.

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