Linux Distro Support
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(01-03-2016, 03:04 AM)tkaiser Wrote:
(01-02-2016, 06:07 PM)nomadewolf Wrote: will we have accelerated graphics suppport?

These are two different areas:
  • 2D/3D GPU acceleration (remember, the A64 uses the 8 year old slow Mali400MP2 but everything already available for other Allwinner SoCs is useless since now you've to deal with ARMv8)
  • HW accelerated video/image encoding/decoding through CedarX (the majority of people only interested in HW accelerated video decoding since they feel the need to get an ultra-cheap HTPC)
To get an idea what the 'problems' regarding CedarX are, just read this: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/...PHmktgipzU (and maybe this other thread as well: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/..._H233Cl4iE)

Since the Pine64 is a platform where the vast majority of customers only cares about 'free drivers' with 'free' defined as in 'free beer' (and not as in 'free software') nothing will change. There's neither a stimulus for Allwinner to change their business model nor a change in the situation that would let the linux-sunxi devs do the hard work for free on their own)

Well... i don't know about the other users, but i would gladly pay to have a team devolop opensource drivers for this GPU.
Maybe we could crowdfund this?...

EDIT:
I read the thread and i agree. When Allwinner won't even properly document the hardware how can we expect the community to create an open source driver?

(01-03-2016, 04:33 AM)joe Wrote:
(01-03-2016, 03:04 AM)tkaiser Wrote:
(01-02-2016, 06:07 PM)nomadewolf Wrote: will we have accelerated graphics suppport?

These are two different areas:
  • 2D/3D GPU acceleration (remember, the A64 uses the 8 year old slow Mali400MP2 but everything already available for other Allwinner SoCs is useless since now you've to deal with ARMv8)
  • HW accelerated video/image encoding/decoding through CedarX (the majority of people only interested in HW accelerated video decoding since they feel the need to get an ultra-cheap HTPC)
To get an idea what the 'problems' regarding CedarX are, just read this: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/...PHmktgipzU (and maybe this other thread as well: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/..._H233Cl4iE)

Since the Pine64 is a platform where the vast majority of customers only cares about 'free drivers' with 'free' defined as in 'free beer' (and not as in 'free software') nothing will change. There's neither a stimulus for Allwinner to change their business model nor a change in the situation that would let the linux-sunxi devs do the hard work for free on their own)

 tkaiser maybe is the product competitors company personnel Big Grin

Why?
I think that if anything, he's someone who understands what he is talking about and clarifies things.
Maybe he is someone from the 'community', but that's a good thing.


Messages In This Thread
Linux Distro Support - by beard - 01-02-2016, 07:01 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by drag00n - 01-02-2016, 05:13 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by nomadewolf - 01-02-2016, 06:07 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by tkaiser - 01-03-2016, 03:04 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by nomadewolf - 01-03-2016, 05:42 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by hlide - 01-02-2016, 07:32 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by janjwerner - 01-04-2016, 08:03 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by beard - 01-04-2016, 01:53 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by joe - 01-04-2016, 02:28 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by nomadewolf - 01-04-2016, 03:09 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by tkaiser - 01-04-2016, 03:17 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by joe - 01-04-2016, 03:59 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by hazerty - 01-07-2016, 04:52 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by beard - 01-07-2016, 08:39 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by joe - 01-07-2016, 08:51 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by tllim - 01-08-2016, 01:50 AM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by tllim - 01-09-2016, 01:21 PM
RE: Linux Distro Support - by tllim - 03-15-2016, 09:10 AM

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