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    Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    The 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bt4 machine costs £50.
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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    Big price hike from it's fruity competitor too....
    However the specs are more to my liking in many many ways
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    You get what you want to pay for!

    The PIE usually requires addons before use!

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    It's getting a hostile reception in Linux circles, due to its PowerVR graphics (PowerVR have a dreadful history RE Linux drivers)

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    Quote Originally Posted by theleader View Post
    You get what you want to pay for!

    The PIE usually requires addons before use!
    Indeed you do - horses for courses and all that
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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    It's getting a hostile reception in Linux circles, due to its PowerVR graphics (PowerVR have a dreadful history RE Linux drivers)
    But isn't that just normal for graphics driver support under Linux for anything other than Nvidia? It seems pretty odd to me given the dominant computing platform of today is Android, but yet it seems to be the case. For example the recent news on Civ beyond earth:

    "Though not official yet, it’s likely we’ll drop support for Intel and ATI graphics cards on Linux platforms prior to the game’s launch on Linux."

    http://blog.gameagent.com/civilizati...-dev-update-6/

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    But isn't that just normal for graphics driver support under Linux for anything other than Nvidia? It seems pretty odd to me given the dominant computing platform of today is Android, but yet it seems to be the case. For example the recent news on Civ beyond earth:

    "Though not official yet, it’s likely we’ll drop support for Intel and ATI graphics cards on Linux platforms prior to the game’s launch on Linux."

    http://blog.gameagent.com/civilizati...-dev-update-6/
    I think in this case, much of the poor reception is due to the closed source graphics drivers, this is a dev board after all.

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    But isn't that just normal for graphics driver support under Linux for anything other than Nvidia? It seems pretty odd to me given the dominant computing platform of today is Android, but yet it seems to be the case. For example the recent news on Civ beyond earth:

    "Though not official yet, it’s likely we’ll drop support for Intel and ATI graphics cards on Linux platforms prior to the game’s launch on Linux."

    http://blog.gameagent.com/civilizati...-dev-update-6/
    Things are much much MUCH worse for embedded graphics than desktop graphics. You can't really compare the two.

    On ATI or Intel, occasionally things suck.

    On embedded not only do things *always* suck, but the (closed source) graphics drivers don't work on "normal" Linux kernels, only on heavily patched vendor kernels (e.g. Freescale's iMX6 patch set is around a million lines). And those vendor kernels are not kept up to date. So you need to pick - you can have graphics, OR you can have a 2-5 year old kernel with no hope for updates.

    As a random example, Intel Bay Trail uses PowerVR graphics. The only supported Linux distro for it is Fedora 18 (released January 2013, discontinued January 2014)

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    Re: Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 development board

    Bay Trail uses Ivy Bridge graphics AFAIK, with a VXD 392 video block from PowerVR for additional hardware codec support. Many other Atom chips, including the recent Merrifield and Moorefield use PowerVR though.

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