OLPC XO 1.75 GPU question
jfwfreo at tpgi.com.au
Mon Jan 10 10:00:47 EST 2011
I read about the OLPC XO 1.75 including a new ARM SOC from Marvell.
From what I read, this SOC includes a 3D GPU and a hardware video decode
What is the plan regarding support for these components in the OLPC XO 1.75
software and how does that fit with the general "100% open wherever
possible" philosophy of OLPC?
Will support come from a binary blob or from an open source driver (or will
it be like the wireless firmware on the current OLPC whereby its supported
by a binary blob initially with people who haven't signed any NDA
contributing to a reverse engineered replacement for said blob as a
Or will the XO 1.75 not support 3D at all? (which would presumably save
power and make the battery last longer)
I am curious because this is the first device with ARM and a 3D GPU that I
know of that is being made by an organization where openness is a stated
goal of the project and (on the surface) that seems to conflict with the
highly proprietary nature of most vendors in the ARM SOC space.
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