Raspberry Pi Gets Fully Open-Source Graphics Stack

2012-Oct-24 | Tags: developmentdriverraspberrypi

Linux on ARMThe popular budget-friendly Raspberry Pi ARM development board now has a fully open-source graphics stack -- the user-space graphics drivers for the Broadcom VideoCore included!

Since July of this year I had been exclusively hinting that a major open-source announcement was coming... In that article for the clued Phoronix readers it was made sort of apparent it was about ARM graphics drivers and the Raspberry Pi. Well, today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is finally able to announce they have a fully open-source graphics driver stack for their low-cost development board!

Raspberry Pi

Up to this point there has only been an open-source kernel module for tapping the Broadcom VideoCore found on the $25~35 USD computer boards, but now the user-space can finally be opened up and the developers have already tosses the user-space Pi code onto GitHub. "This repository contains the source code for the ARM side libraries used on Raspberry Pi. These typically are installed in /opt/vc/lib and includes source for the ARM side code to interface to: EGL, mmal, GLESv2, vcos, openmaxil, vchiq_arm, bcm_host, WFC, OpenVG."

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