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    Default Would A Kickstarter Open-Source GPU Work?

    Phoronix: Would A Kickstarter Open-Source GPU Work?

    The Kickstarter crowd-funding development platform has successfully worked for funding many computer games, a few interesting hardware projects, and other initiatives, but would it work for having an open-source graphics processor? A company may be turning to Kickstarter to open-source their 2D and 3D graphics designs...

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    is there any benefit of an opensource GPU? i dont see why it should be attractive project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verde View Post
    is there any benefit of an opensource GPU? i dont see why it should be attractive project.
    Well one would speculate it would have the same advantages of an opensource software project in that other companies are free to expand on/fork the work, or pick up where another company left off. Once something is open source its life can go on infinitely as long as there is enough interest, unlike proprietary projects which die a lonely death behind closed doors.

    The fun thing with Kickstarter projects is you can contribute as little or as much as you like to projects just to see what they come up with not necessarily because what they are doing is going to be a superior product (especially on the first attempt). The OUYA console is a great example. This was always going to be a second rate device and I had no interest in it personally but many many people just wanted to see what they would come up with because thats half the fun.

    As for this company asking Michael for his opinion sounds strange why wouldnt they just attempt the Kickstarter. I'm sure if field experts were asked about many of the succefully funded projects they would have told the projects not to waste there time on crowd funding but the only way to really know if people are interested is to try it. My guess would be they are trying to build up some hype.
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    I would throw some $ behind it just out of interest to see what they come up with.

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    it's called Open Hardware LoL, and to top that off AMD released the info we need to make OpenSource Driver for it's GPU's

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    I don't think there would be any benefit at all. Intel and AMD are both doing well on open-source support at this point, in my opinion.

    What would be cool is a completely open-source computer (I'm talking desktop here, not a little Raspberry Pi), but just a GPU isn't going to do any good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWisBest View Post
    What would be cool is a completely open-source computer (I'm talking desktop here, not a little Raspberry Pi), but just a GPU isn't going to do any good.
    Um, you realise you need to start somewhere right? If an open gpu is successfull a cpu could surely follow. GNU\Linux started of as the GNU open source tools in the 80's followed up with the Linux kernel in the 90's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothyja View Post
    Um, you realise you need to start somewhere right? If an open gpu is successfull a cpu could surely follow. GNU\Linux started of as the GNU open source tools in the 80's followed up with the Linux kernel in the 90's.
    Sun Sparc T1 and T2 are completely Open Source... HERE

    It would require some work but eventually it would be possible to make a completely open source PC, you'd just need money and maybe a Silicon Foundry along with a Fab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothyja View Post
    Um, you realise you need to start somewhere right? If an open gpu is successfull a cpu could surely follow. GNU\Linux started of as the GNU open source tools in the 80's followed up with the Linux kernel in the 90's.
    Yes, but software is much easier to start from nowhere, has minimal investment is required if you have volunteer manpower.

    Hardware require money to actually large investment produce something that will actually recoup it cost has to be able to continue further development and/or take care of specific needs of a financial backer.

    Why do you think Open Compute Project work, it simply because Facebook finance the development of standard for their own need that were not fulfilled by any OEM, they just decided to be nice and make it open project was more beneficial for them, has other may bring innovation their own engineer didn't envision, has they have no intention of going into the OEM market.

    Also you not going to get anywhere developing a open sourced GPU architecture unless you have large amount of money available and a team of willing of experienced GPU engineers, has to compete with AMD, Nvidia or Matrox discrete solution, since system-on-a-chip GPU are good enough for most purpose these day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothyja View Post
    Um, you realise you need to start somewhere right? If an open gpu is successfull a cpu could surely follow. GNU\Linux started of as the GNU open source tools in the 80's followed up with the Linux kernel in the 90's.
    You do know that developing the CPU first would be a much better idea, has then you can develop a system-on-a-chip, from which you can start working on specialist solution for if prove popular enough to warrant further development then the SOC itself.

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