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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by caligula View Post
    Basically all RPi clones are better than RPi in all possible ways. They just don't have the open source GPU drivers.
    yes, they are better in all ways unless you need display, then they are worse in all ways

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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by caligula View Post
    You don't need GPU acceleration to display 2d framebuffer
    but you need gpu acceleration to display something useful on 2d framebuffer

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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by caligula View Post
    Does the open version of the RPi bootloader even boot Linux yet? Most people use the closed source version.
    because bootloader is indistinguishable from hardware from os pov, so nobody cares. while blob driver will fuck you up

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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by ssam View Post
    But at least they can boot without a blob (unlike raspberrypi).
    they can't boot to x without blob, unlike rpi

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  • pal666
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    they still seem to know what they are doing and fully explain down to technical level, so that's ok.
    it is not ok to know that you are selling board without videocard and call it 4k

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  • caligula
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    Originally posted by sverris View Post

    It does, with limitations.
    https://github.com/christinaa/rpi-open-firmware (not much going on there...)
    Riiiiiight, a truly open platform but the open bootloader isn't there yet. For some odd reason, the bootloaders of the competing evil closed source (Allwinner) devices are open. Makes sense.

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  • sverris
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    Originally posted by caligula View Post

    Does the open version of the RPi bootloader even boot Linux yet? Most people use the closed source version.
    It does, with limitations.
    https://github.com/christinaa/rpi-open-firmware (not much going on there...)

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  • berolinux
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    Originally posted by LaeMing View Post

    Yes, for all its faults and foibles (all of which were deliberate compromises for price reasons, to be fair), the RPi is by far the most open ARM SBC out there that I am aware of.
    Try the DragonBoard 410c and DragonBoard 820c -- Freedreno is working great these days.

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  • L_A_G
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    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
    No NFC either.

    I would like to see a SBC based on the RISC-V architecture. It is a modern and open architecture. ARM like x86 is proprietary.
    The main problem with that is the first RISC-V implementation only came out about a month ago and is still way too expensive for the low cost single board computer market.

    Besides, as long as you don't want to start making your own chips, very few companies who build end products do, ARM is practically open source. Only real differences are that with ARM you have to pay to license the ISA and you get a choice between designing all your hardware and ready made IP cores rather than having no choice but to design it all from scratch yourself. In the future there's probably going to be ready made RISC-V implementations, but like ARM ones you still have to pay for them.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by marty1885 View Post
    Why everyone is going for the Mali 4XX GPUs? They are too slow for any use in 2017. And they only have OpenGL ES support (No accelerated desktop, no browser acceleration, etc..)
    Because they are cheap? And OpenGL ES is enough for browsers and desktops. Afaik browsers on linux have some issues about browser acceleration in general, but it is not related.

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