[sdiy] is raspberry pi the future?

Dan Snazelle subjectivity at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 15 19:01:30 CET 2013



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On Mar 15, 2013, at 12:18 PM, Tom Wiltshire <tom at electricdruid.net> wrote:

> 
> On 15 Mar 2013, at 14:59, Neil Johnson <neil.johnson97 at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> 
>> Tom,
>> 
>>>> I have learned since yesterday....the rasp pi is not truly open source..i guess some elements are closed.
>>> 
>>> Where did you see this, Dan? And which bits are closed source?
>>> 
>>> That seems to totally undermine the whole point of it, in my view.
>> 
>> The firmware for the GPU is closed-source.  Everything on the ARM is
>> open-source.  If you feel that "...undermine the whole point of it..."
>> then I'm sure you'll find all you want to know on the Raspberry Pi
>> forums.
>> 
>> Neil
> 
> Thanks Neil, that's what I needed to know. I guess if you regard it as a component, it doesn't matter if it's closed source or not. Just put one in your box and go.
> 
> I suppose that for what Dan wants to do - develop on it, then design a stripped-down board with just the bits he wants - he could simply use some similar ARM chip and leave out the GPU?
> 
> Tom


That might be possible

I was actually really surprised to see that some arm CHIPS are as much as $11 a piece!!

I was investigating the SAM chip in the new Arduino Due





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