not long til they're more available i guess! and people including myself may end up having a 'spare' pi they can let you have (at what they paid for em + shipping) if they had orders with farnell+rs.
No one in their right mind is going to sell a board they never intended to keep for their cost and shipping to me if they can get several times what they paid until probably after my board arrives, when the supply should make the ePrey option go away.
i doubt this will work due to the x support.. but figured it was worth mentioning..
VirtualGL is an open source program which redirects the 3D rendering commands from Unix and LinuxOpenGL applications to 3D accelerator hardware in a dedicated server and displays the rendered output interactively to a thin client located elsewhere on the network.
I know of this from Sun's former Visualization System but, as you noted, the X integration is a show-stopper, since we can't run ES in X. Thanks for the idea, though. Since it is open-source, I wonder if it would be possible to use the redirection code in it to send the ES calls to my remote system for rendering. That wouldn't incur the GPU loading on the Pi, so, it wouldn't be a faithful rendition of actual native operation, but, it would be better than what I have now.
Of course, by the time I got it figured out, there would be Pi boards available to the rafters as the ePrey rats wind up bailing on later orders when the bids dry up. If people who bought the Pi just to see what all the buzz was about discover just how unfinished it is and really don't know what to do with it, that may help advance the time when boards will become more plentiful. Based on distributor non-information, it looks like that's still at least three months away, and I have things on my real-world schedule starting right about then that are going to start impacting on my time available for Pi projects.
We've already lost six months beyond the original estimated date of board availability and, while I understand the issues that led to the delays, there isn't much understanding going in the other direction. When there's insufficient third-party software and documentation when the Foundation really needs it in the future, they can look back on these months as a serious lost opportunity. I'm as fervent a supporter of the Foundation's goals as anyone, but, the facts are the facts, and third party developers have no responsibility for them.
Ah well, Sunday, bloody Sunday.
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