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[tlug] Linux for ARM [was Re: linuxdevices for display on a tv]

On Sun, Oct 06, 2013 at 08:55:40AM +0200, Christian Horn wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 06, 2013 at 10:25:34AM +0900, Mattia Dongili wrote:
> > 
> > The only first hand experience I have with ARM for playing video was
> > quite some time ago (3 years or so), slow GPU or bad drivers made it
> > impossible to play HD video. Maybe things are better now but GPU driver
> > openness still tends to be a problem as far as I know.
> I think this improved.  We will also get ARM as primary architecture
> in Fedora20, this shows that it gets much attention.  The 64bit 
> aarch64 also makes progress.

ARM has been an option for years for other distributions, that doesn't
mean that GPUs are any more supported by open source drivers. And with
binary blobs your are stuck to whatever combination of X
libraries/server the vendor supports.
I just found an article on phoronix[1] that mentions some progress but
it all seems to be reverse engineered efforts, reminds me of the early
(or maybe not so early) Nvidia days.
As a server side platform I have no doubts that ARM is a viable
solution. I'm waiting for a mass production of cubietruck[2] to get one.


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