What peculiar semantics
Posted Oct 29, 2012 8:10 UTC (Mon) by alex
In reply to: What peculiar semantics
Parent article: Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful
"In this case, the device is being actively marketed as "an ARM GNU/Linux Box for $25." I think you can make a good case that the negativity now is actually in their best interests as a company, because if I had seen only the press releases and marketing materials without any negativity, I would very likely have just ordered a pile of them."
But they are not actively marketing it as some sort of Freedom loving ARM board. Their interest is in making a low cost platform for use in education. The fact the price-point and relative hack-ability has made it popular with a large number of makers/tinkerer type is purely secondary to their primary mission. While I'm sure we could see some educational benefits to being able to code for the GPU directly I doubt it's something that will be widely useful.
For me the limit of hackability being the boundary between ARM and GPU is fine for everything I'll want to play with. I after all do have an Intel GPU in my desktop if I really want to play with low level 3D stuff.
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