[Freedombox-discuss] FW: [Trisquel-users] Alternative freedom friendly solution to Raspberry Pi
As a potential solution to the never-ending recommended/supported hardware
"problem", i'm making some effort to either extend or duplicate the
"semantic wiki" at:
to include non-wireless devices, environmental ratings, performance
benchmarks, kernel support version, documentation availability, price,
power consumption, international regulations, etc. This wiki is central,
structured, real-time queryable, and all the data can be exported as XML
Hopefully this will reduce background noise of raspberry pi vs. dreamplug
vs. shevaplug vs. arduino vs. beaglebone vs. netbook vs. cray super
computer vs. TI-83 vs. TP-Link whatever vs. ZOMG this thing from gizmodo
flames/threads, and help everybody make informed decisions about which
hardware to support and/or purchase.
On Tue, 29 May 2012, Rick C. Hodgin wrote:
> This came across the Trisquel list. A possible $50 x86-based
> non-Intel/AMD board with free/libre drivers from VIA Technologies. I've
> asked Chris for more info on specs?
> Does anybody know of this product?
> Best regards,
> Rick C. Hodgin
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: chris at thinkpenguin.com
> Sent: Tue, May 29, 2012 03:59 AM
> To: trisquel-users at listas.trisquel.info
> Subject: [Trisquel-users] Alternative freedom friendly solution to Raspberry Pi
> The one thing I don't like about the Raspberry Pi project is the use of a
> graphics chip dependent on non-free software.
> I think there may be a new better alternative from VIA though. I sent an
> email to graphics chipset vendor in use in the device and got word back from
> an engineer (David Berol from wolfsonmicro) that the WM8750 chipset is not
> dependent on proprietary drivers or firmware. I did have to clarify this
> though as he thought I was talking about the price :).
> I've also gotten word through an intermediary who investigated the BIOS
> situation on the VIA board. This motherboard will be released unlocked. Right
> now VIA is releasing it with Android although there is nothing preventing
> this community (free software users) from porting a GNU/Linux distribution to
> It is based on ARM and I think it's primary usefulness would be streaming HD
> content as the cost is low ($50 USD) and has built-in hardware HD decoding.
> It has severely limited built-in ram (512MB) although more than sufficient
> for a purpose built device (HTPC). It also has 2GB internal storage and
> microsd expansion slot. It also has limited CPU (just 800Mhz).
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