Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 3, 2012.

Update #19

We have just passed 100%!

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Well, it looks like I'd better start clearing the space on my calendar, because we just passed 100%!  Hurray!

I should probably note some of the things that I will be able to do if we go past 100%:

I can spend a little more on the packaging -- I might go with embossing on the cardboard packages or add a larger program insert into the deluxe packages.

I can also put some funds into projects to provide the kernel-driver support in Raspberry Pi to make a cheap player available. I would pretty much have to pay that money to other developers either on a commission or through some sort of prize.  I could then create a 3D-printed case design, or possibly go through a conventional plastics manufacturer to get cases made -- in other words I could make progress towards making a low-price embedded player available.

I might even find another title I can master in Lib-Ray format.

I'm so excited I'm going to be able to do this!

Thank you all very much for your support!

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      Creator Joel Shapiro on June 1, 2012

      Raspberry Pi support would be aswesome, hopefully one day eh?

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      Creator Terry Hancock on May 31, 2012

      Well, I got a different comment on the Raspberry Pi saying that the SoC probably can't handle 1080p VP8 even if the software driver were available, so maybe that wold be a bust. But of course, it's not the only system out there.

      Regarding non-free firmware or open hardware -- with the player, I am frankly not going to be as stiff-necked. Waiting for a fully open player solution might be too long of a wait.

      But clearly, if an open platform can do the job, that's what we should focus on. And as I understand it, Google released HDL for a hardware decoder for VP8, so it seems _somebody_ ought to be implementing it at some point in the not too distant future.

      There's also the possibility of using GPU-accelerated software decoding, as I understand it. It'll clearly take some more research to figure out the best platform for a hardware embedded player.

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      Creator Phill Rogers on May 31, 2012

      Great to reach take-off. +1 for the Raspberry Pi player. Perhaps someone will have written completely free firmware for the Pi's graphics by then. But I can live with the compromise anyway. There are of course many other small HDMI/ISB/SD 'dongle' size devices to choose from, at least one of which uses the MAIL GPU which does have an open source graphics driver in the works. There are plans for a completely free EOMA-68 device too. However the cheapest current alternative is 3 or 4 times the price of the Pi, but you get a plastic case. I think by the time we're ready for a hardware player, the hardware scene will have moved on beyond anybody's current guess.

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      Creator Carlos Solis on May 31, 2012

      About the Raspberry Pi: Don't. It requires nonfree firmware to make the graphics work.

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      Creator Diane Rhodes on May 31, 2012

      Woot! Glad to hear this Terry! 'Bout time someone broadened access for media formats.

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      Creator Natanael_L on May 31, 2012

      How would you handle movie playback on the Pi? External SD card reader, since you don't want the player SW on the card?

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