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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by caligula View Post
    My 486DX could run C&C Red Alert, Steel Panthers, Civilization, Settlers 2 etc. Most games used 320x200x8b (mode 13h), some 640x480x8b.
    4k is 130 times larger than 320x200, and this is without factoring in bit depth, which will make it more than .5k times larger
    Last edited by pal666; 07-02-2017, 10:41 AM.

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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    Nope. 3D isn't required for most embedded projects.
    nope. if your embedded project requires 4k, it does require 3d
    Last edited by pal666; 07-02-2017, 10:38 AM.

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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    ???

    Mali is not "video card" it is "3D accelerator". Mali is 3D only, while 2D components and video decoding works through open drivers support as it is dealt by other parts. For embedded devices 3D can be sacrificed more easily than for a laptop.
    first, nobody needs 4k "video card" without "3D accelerator" in 2017
    second, contrary to your fantasies, they do mention 3d acceleration, i.e. do false advertising

    Key Features

    Le Potato is powered by quad 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores along with a ARM Mali-450 GPU with 2 geometry and 3 pixel cores


    Industry Standards
    • OpenGL ES 2.0

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  • stefansaraev
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    Originally posted by jernej View Post

    Maybe in (near?) future. There is an effort to implement mesa driver here: https://github.com/yuq?tab=repositories
    maybe. maybe not. shall see. I have enough experience with gxbb/gxl, both kernel and userspace to have my doubts.

    EDIT: and with allwinner, too

    Which part do you find hard to believe? HDR?
    there is no opensource amlogic hw video decoder. there will be none in next year or two.

    you can't do [email protected] on those amlogic boards without blobs. I would not even comment on "hdr"
    Last edited by stefansaraev; 07-01-2017, 09:29 AM.

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  • tweak42
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    Originally posted by Misel View Post
    This has got to be the longest Kickstarter introduction video ever. 37 minutes
    They have a good amount of technical details but from a marketing standpoint their presentation video is cringe-worthy disaster. Using a text to speech translator voice over and a bunch of on bench screen tests is a terrible 1st impression.

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  • jernej
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    Originally posted by mulenmar View Post
    As for the Raspberry Pi, I'm still hunting for the IRC log I saw it in, but I think christinaa (the developer of the libre firmware) got tired of hacking around some questionable design choices.
    You mean this?

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  • mulenmar
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    Yeaaaah... I think I'll continue waiting on the eoma68 project; that uses hardware that is actually capable of running libre, and whose CPU can be 'trusted'.

    As for the Raspberry Pi, I'm still hunting for the IRC log I saw it in, but I think christinaa (the developer of the libre firmware) got tired of hacking around some questionable design choices. (Something about the CPU never being intended to use 1GB of memory, and there being BS Broadcom did to cram it in?) The repo hasn't been touched since early April, so I'm not optimistic about its future.

    EDIT: Apparently, it's currently possible to boot the linux kernel with her firmware as of January, albeit with some USB/DMA/eMMC-related caveats.

    IF you can't wait, try the Beaglebone Black instead.
    Last edited by mulenmar; 06-30-2017, 11:52 AM.

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  • Piper
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    I've worked for ~6m on a arm only desktop (Compulab's Utilite running Archlinux arm) - no 3d acceleration at first. Only issues I had were playing videos (especially large ones) and playing youtube - libre office, chromium, editing photos worked great. General Linux desktop doesn't benefit from 3d acceleration on arm socs, as those use gles and most things on the desktop were written for gl.

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  • caligula
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    Nope. 3D isn't required for most embedded projects.
    Also on the PC, games used to run without any kind of graphics acceleration. My 486DX could run C&C Red Alert, Steel Panthers, Civilization, Settlers 2 etc. Most games used 320x200x8b (mode 13h), some 640x480x8b. It had zero acceleration, it had just a cheap 1MB SVGA clone. The machine ticked at 66 MHz. I don't know about the memory, maybe 33 MHz ? Surely the quad-core ARMs are much faster so I'm not really surprised if they could run normal X just fine with CPU based rendering.
    Last edited by caligula; 06-29-2017, 06:26 PM.

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  • Nille
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    I hope its not a amlogic. i would wish a rockchip based chip like the one in the asus PI clone. because the a arm kernel guy say they pretty well supported by upstream kernels. (ofc the mali gpu is a pain in the ass)

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