What peculiar semantics
Posted Oct 28, 2012 16:02 UTC (Sun) by wookey
In reply to: What peculiar semantics
Parent article: Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful
Is this better than what you have supplied by any other ARM system, Yes.
Just to be clear that should be qualified as: "Any other recent ARM system with a GPU". There have been plenty of ARM systems in the past which were entirely free of proprietary firmware blobs, and there may well be current GPU-less devices which are blob-free (it's fair to say that I can't keep up any more with so much hardware coming out, so don't know for sure).
And, just to keep the nitpicks complete: obviously if an otherwise blob-free device has USB then you can plug things in which themselves needed firmware blobs, but I think it's reasonable for that not to count against the core ARM board.
ARM hardware didn't used to have this terrible 'proprietary blob' problem - it has arrived relatively recently, due largely to graphics hardware vendors' behaviour (they think they are special, and have all patented themselves into corners), but also increasing device complexity and the way 3rd party SOC sections (I refuse to describe them as 'IP') get integrated/sold and engineered, which also tends to engender blobs.
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