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Raspberry Pi VideoCore driver code released

Raspberry Pi VideoCore driver code released

Posted Oct 25, 2012 19:45 UTC (Thu) by swetland (guest, #63414)
In reply to: Raspberry Pi VideoCore driver code released by edt
Parent article: Raspberry Pi VideoCore driver code released

The thing that has me scratching my head is the approach of absolute rejection of incremental moves in the right direction that many people seem to embrace.

I certainly agree that full open source code for everything top to bottom is a great ideal, but in absence of that, a solution that involves no closed source in the userspace or kernel side is nicer than a solution with a big closed source userspace library blob but an open kernel driver handling resources/queueing, which is nicer than a solution with an entirely closed user + kernel library/driver stack, etc.


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Raspberry Pi VideoCore driver code released

Posted Oct 25, 2012 21:48 UTC (Thu) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167) [Link]

I haven't seen much "absolute rejection". More so what I have seen is people who think this has been misrepresented as better than it is.

They are entitled, indeed in my opinion, right to say that.

Consider the 1832 Representation of the People Act (the "Great Reform act"). This fixed some of the very worst things about British parliamentary elections in the 19th century. It was heralded by its supporters as a triumph for democracy. But it was by no means a complete solution to every problem at that time. For example the franchise was still withheld from most of the poor and all women, and in the absence of even today's poor excuse for a secret ballot many voters were bribed or intimidated.

So, I think that any person who said at the time "This so-called Great Reform act is not so very great after all" would be quite right, and it would be mistaken to say that they were engaged in "rejection" of the act, they're just pointing out that it doesn't go nearly far enough.


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