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Old 30th August 2014
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Default MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

From http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/1...like-dev-board

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"In a bid to harness the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today's open, hackable single board computers, Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the Creator C120 development board, the ISA's counter to ARM's popular Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black SBCs. The MIPS dev board is based on a 1.2GHz dual-core MIPS32 system-on-chip and has 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, and there's also an SD card slot for expansion. Ports include video, audio, Ethernet, both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and a bunch more. OS images are already available for Debian 7, Gentoo, Yocto, and Arch Linux, and Android v4.4 is expected to be available soon. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the board is that there's no pricing listed yet, because the company is starting out by giving the boards away free to developers who submit the most interesting projects."
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If _we_ are going to leave 'Intel x86' mobos behind, I want a proper 'standard' board.

(From what I saw of ARM, the boards were all slightly different, i.e. not standardised.)
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I thought about going for one, but it's a MIPS32 board and I don't have sufficient time to revive the 32-bit MIPS port.
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If it is "Raspbery Pi-like" then please don't. I still remember FUD that Linux as*whole who created Rospbery-Pi spit on NetBSD mailing list after a kid posted announcement of a successfully porting the NetBSD to Rospbery.

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I think the important distinction is "open". Raspberry Pi is not "open" (not fully, at least) because the "open sourcing" of the GPU was open sourcing of a wrapper around a binary blob. Nonsense.

As for ARM, yes, there is a lot of SoC differences between ARM implementations that make "standardization" difficult, but honestly there are quirks of various x86/x64 implementations as well.

I have a BeagleBone Black that is a wonder little device, even though support for OpenBSD isn't complete. My concern is that ARM has gained *so much* market hold that I fear we're trading one tyrant (x86) for another. A little diversity is never a bad thing.

Edit - Doh! Just saw Ibara's comment that this is MIPS32, not 64. Yeah, nice try, but I don't see this making a tremendous impact within the BSD community.
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