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Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful

Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful

Posted Oct 26, 2012 16:38 UTC (Fri) by iabervon (subscriber, #722)
Parent article: Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful

It actually kind of feels to me like a CPU that only accepts x86 machine code. You've got a complex system with firmware that implements a portable API by generating programs for a non-portable custom microarchitecture.

It's not like we haven't seen CPU microcode bugs, and it's not like the CPU doesn't have access to the whole system. The real issue I see with the raspberry pi drivers is that the GPU is a bit like the 386, where the OS can't effectively constrain what the firmware is willing to do for userspace applications.

And there's the different history: it's like if we'd historically never had an x86 chip, and had been emulating it on the Z80 using a secret proprietary optimizing emulator. And then someone comes out with a microcoded x86 chip, and this release is obviously not informative at all about anything that we didn't know before.


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Airlie: raspberry pi drivers are NOT useful

Posted Oct 26, 2012 21:58 UTC (Fri) by cyanit (guest, #86671) [Link]

Not really, it's more like a CPU that accepts only C source code.


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