[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Plans

paul sutton zleap at zleap.net
Wed Mar 7 21:48:30 UTC 2012

On 07/03/12 13:49, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 7 March 2012 13:38, Alan Pope <alan.pope at canonical.com> wrote:
>> On 07/03/12 13:33, Colin Law wrote:
>>> Out of interest, in what way is it not open?
>> It needs a binary blob for the GPU and to boot apparently. They also
>> "only" licensed the h.264 and one other codec bundle from broadcom for
>> that blob. So only certain video files will play back accelerated. So
>> it wouldn't do for a FreeView set top box, but would be good for
>> playing back pre-recorded/downloaded h.264 encoded video.
> Broadcom bought up the rump of what was Acorn Computers. Acorn
> designed and developed the ARM chip.
> (Interestingly, after Acorn was split up and sold off, the rump
> renamed itself "Element 14". This is now a trading name for Farnell,
> one of the distribution partners for Rpi.)
> Broadcom still employs Sophie Wilson, who (back when she was called
> Roger) designed the ARM chip, BBC BASIC and much of the BBC Micro.
> Rpi is basically a Broadcom GPU and video-decoder chip with a small,
> basic ARM CPU added in one corner. It's a very proprietary device and
> so are the Linux drivers.
> Something nobody is giving any attention to is that Linux is not the
> only OS for Rpi. It will also come with Acorn RISC OS, meaning a full
> networked multitasking Internet-capable GUI OS, complete with
> optimised BBC BASIC interpreter with ARM assembler, GUI editor and so
> on.
> Whereas it's a very low-spec system for Linux, it's a high-end one for
> RISC OS. For beginners, RISC OS may be a much more appealing prospect.

Ohh i am sure I have a few games on 3,5" floppy that ran on an acorn
risc/os machine, in fact I may have a manual for the Acorn Archimedes
somewhere :)




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