[haiku-development] Re: R1 (Final) General Interest poll closed. Results posted. ...

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Adrien Destugues <adestugu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I can work on it (after all, its more related to my school courses than
> i18n). I already did write drivers for the hardware I have access to.
> This is the locking problem here, more than on other issues : we need a
> dev with both knowledge and hardware.
>
> Personally, I would rank video drivers higher than ARM port on my
> wishlist ; so it would make sense that the NPO funds buying video
> cards.

I wholeheartedly agree that funding hardware is something that makes
sense... although the "bang-for-buck" factor could be questionable in
the case of ARM - but the ARM port is also clearly not an R1 target :)

I think deciding what hardware to purchase is the hard part. Intel
video, for example, pretty much requires purchase of an entire machine
or mainboard - whereas most of the decent AMD/NVidia hardware can be
purchased independently (with the exception of the integrated-only
chipsets, which are probably the most common out there).

So, what can we do to setup a hardware purchase plan? Perhaps we can
start with driver developers stating what hardware they already have
access to, and what hardware they would like to obtain? Once we have a
list, we can either work out a donate/loaner program and/or a purchase
program where the NPO helps out (maybe even for loaner shipping).

I'd personally be willing to loan or purchase an Atom D510
board/machine for someone to work on the Intel N10 chipset support -
but living in the U.S. makes the shipping somewhat cost-prohibitive in
my case.

I wonder what it costs to ship one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121399

My local Frys is often offering slightly-older Nvidia and AMD graphics
boards for nearly free after rebate - I've purchased several over the
years. Shipping them off to people who are willing to work on drivers
is something I would jump on in a heartbeat.

- Urias

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