RaspberryPI feature

If you don’t know what the raspberry Pi is yet here is a little background into it.

The micro raspberry Pi computer was first released on February 29th 2012 and was a massive success even though the company was virtually unknown until that point. With 100,00 units sold on the first day it looked like there was a new giant in computer market. But after 2 years and a great stream of sales, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is financially on the up which has given them the opportunity to explore different aspects of the computer industry including open-source software projects and computer gadget projects.

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Eben Upton writes that Pi feels ‘unfinished’ as an open source computer project. The VideoCore IV 3d graphics core in the Pi’s SoC requires a block of closed-source binary driver code (a ‘blob’) which talks to the hardware. He added “The lack of true open-source graphics drivers and documentation is widely acknowledged to be a significant problem for Linux on ARM, as it prevents users from fixing driver bugs, adding features and generally understanding what their hardware is doing”. But now Broadcom has released the full documentation for the Graphics core. sans blob and the Foundation is offering $10,000 to the first person “to demonstrate to us satisfactorily that they can successfully run Quake III at a playable framerate on Raspberry Pi”. 

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