State of Linux kernel for Raspberry PI.

Chris Boot bootc at
Mon Dec 17 13:59:36 EST 2012

On 17/12/2012 16:56, Alex Bradbury wrote:
> On 17 December 2012 16:45, James Courtier-Dutton <james.dutton at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> How much of the Raspberry PI code is now open source.
>> I heard that the GPU driver is now open source.
>> What else remains a binary blob in the Raspberry PI distribution?
>> Is it only the USB parts that remain binary blobs?
>> I am concerned about the ARM side of things. I am aware that all the
>> GPU chip's code is still a binary blob.
> Absolutely everything specific to the Raspberry Pi on the ARM side is
> fully open. USB driver has been open since the beginning. Now the
> userland libraries for communicating with the GPU are also open.
> Off the top of my head, the only "non-free" (by Debian standards)
> stuff we ship in the standard Raspbian image from the downloads page
> is various wifi firmware packages and now the Pi Store.

Don't forget the VideoCore firmware and bootloader is also 
closed-source, and will likely always remain that way, too.


Chris Boot
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