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Originally Posted by PargeIs this Gareths first review??? Nice work!
Originally Posted by NexxoNeeds to run ELITE. Because it's right.
Originally Posted by GuilleAcousticThis paired with an arduino = Robotic cheesecake :D
Originally Posted by wuyanxuArduino is just an AVR, really no need for a general purpose processor when you could program a more efficient state machine on the AVR.
LOL at the article. first picture "Warning....... This product should not be overclocked." article index: "Overclocking". yep, im on Bit-tech. :D
As a result, the software available for the Pi is far from mature.
...the fact it ships without hardware accelerated video makes it awkward to use for web browsing, while the lack of working ALSA drivers in the current build can make audio software a pain too.
Adobe is rumoured to be looking into the possibility of porting an existing ARM build of its Flash Player to the Pi.
Originally Posted by schmidtbagUh.... aside from the drivers, how? Compared to what? Debian's ARM support is pretty much as mature as x86, which is arguably more stable than Windows. Linux's immense ARM support is what gives it such an incomparable edge over Windows 8.
Originally Posted by schmidtbagIt is not the responsibility of any distro to ensure that it works with all hardware on any platform, just as it isn't Microsoft's responsibility (or obligation, for that matter) to include drivers for any device it may be connected to. Distro developers put together the OS, they don't make drivers. Unless I misinterpreted that comment, that's a pretty unreasonable point of view.
Originally Posted by schmidtbagSo I'm jw, has any 3D worked on the pi yet? Because it has been proven possible that 3D acceleration works.
Originally Posted by schmidtbagAside from those few points, this was a very nice review and you should do more.
Originally Posted by NikumbaLooks good, would have been nice to hear some feedback about the XBMC port for it, as a lot of people will be getting them for HTPC's
Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree"Aside from the drivers?" That's a pretty big aside...
but if a sub-set of Debian developers are releasing a remix designed for the Raspberry Pi (which they are, and have) then it would be nice if it had things like hardware accelerated graphics and working audio, n'est-ce pas?
Originally Posted by schmidtbagIt is, but I wouldn't say its fair to call the OS in general immature strictly because of drivers. And as I've said before, debian squeeze is extremely out of date, there have been immense performance improvements to ARM that squeeze doesn't offer. Note that in the linux world, 6 months is like 3 people-years.
Originally Posted by schmidtbagYou'd be surprised how big of a difference there is between each repo of debian.
Originally Posted by Gareth HalfacreeQuote:Originally Posted by NexxoNeeds to run ELITE. Because it's right.I didn't mention it in the review, but I did try to run Frontier: First Encounters in dosbox on it. The result was... Uninspiring. I don't have an official reading, but I eyeballed it at about 0.3 frames per second...
That's without hardware-accelerated video, of course. Once I've got that running, things might be very different.
Elite in a BBC emulator, on the other hand, should run fine. I might give that a go this evening, actually...
Originally Posted by MiNiMaL_FuSSI'm interested in one as bit-torrent box, would I be able to use a USB hard drive alongside one, or is that asking too much?
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