01/07/2017 (Sat) 05:45:23
if only ARM releases Mali gpu stack as free software, there won't be reasons for people to buy x86 based crappy consumer grade laptops.
the kernel side code for mali gpu (not so important. just helps talking to device, DMA and stuffs) is GPLed but you won't find it in mainline source tree as user space tools to compile shaders and stuffs are proprietary software.
So right now my Asus c201 doesn't have hw accelerated graphics, only slow frame buffer device which is ok as long as I stick to just programming stuffs and ssh with light web browsing.
I am also trying to port openbsd to it on spare time. netbsd and freebsd can boot in most rockchip development boards but getting chrome book's embedded controller right and reimplementing linux frame buffer for real chromebook is sort of challenging.