[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Plans

Stuart Ward stuart.ward at bcs.org
Thu Mar 8 17:33:39 UTC 2012

Not forgetting Pi day on the 14 March if you write it in the silly
american format the date is 3.14


-- Stuart Ward M +44 7782325143

On 7 March 2012 21:48, paul sutton <zleap at zleap.net> wrote:
> 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 :)
> Paul
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