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Posted Oct 31, 2012 7:54 UTC (Wed) by Arker
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In this particular project, no, but versus "conventional" architecture what would normally be driver code is in fact this opaque blog running on the "GPU" right?
The architecture is a little weird because the SoC they are using was originally developed as a graphics co-processor for mobile phones. The ARM core was originally intended purely for debugging the GPU.
That actually makes sense. Unfortunately it means that, as I said, it boils down to getting a completely opaque proprietary system that has a coprocessor you can run linux on. Not quite what I would have expected had I read only their marketing materials and not the "negativity."
I've spent a good part of my career in education and I have certainly seen much worse (we all know how often computer education classes are actually microsoft word classes) and I am not trying to be negative. But there is a very old and tiresome pattern here. Companies see that there is a market for open hardware and then they do absolutely everything they can to make some kind of pseudo-not-really-open hardware designed to take our money without actually providing what we seek. Which is actually pretty insulting and annoying. Blatantly proprietary systems are at least relatively easy to spot, but a product like this seems almost like a land-mine, deliberately designed to trick me into buying it.
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