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Offline bmarkus

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Open Source ARM userland
« on: October 27, 2012, 08:59:52 PM »
Now video drivers are opensourced. October 24 announcement:

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Today we have some really big news, which is going to mean a lot to many programmers in our community who have been asking about it ever since launch. This is one of those announcements that has been in the pipeline for quite some time, but we haven’t been able to talk about it until now.

As of right now, all of the VideoCore driver code which runs on the ARM is available under a FOSS license (3-Clause BSD to be precise). The source is available from our new userland repository on GitHub. If you’re not familiar with the status of open source drivers on ARM SoCs this announcement may not seem like such a big deal, but it does actually mean that the BCM2835 used in the Raspberry Pi is the first ARM-based multimedia SoC with fully-functional, vendor-provided (as opposed to partial, reverse engineered) fully open-source drivers, and that Broadcom is the first vendor to open their mobile GPU drivers up in this way. We at the Raspberry Pi Foundation hope to see others follow.

« Last Edit: October 27, 2012, 09:01:46 PM by bmarkus »
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Re: Open Source ARM userland
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 01:54:13 AM »
If you read the comments there, particularly Luc's, you see that's a lot about nothing. The open-sourced part is a short shim.

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