TI open source tools

In the squeaky wheel gets the grease category, I have two things. The story about the removal of the open source Linux tools. It was a mistake and caused by disorganized placement of tools in their directory structure. The second thing is I have been given personal assurances from the people in charge that TI is UTTERLY committed to open source tools. They are providing me with an ftp site for the tools and are reconstituting the web site as quickly as possible.

THANK YOU TI and friends who helped get this resolved. I would say we can proceed with our open source SDR work using the TI parts.

Bob

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TI does not have open source tools for their DSPs, it would appear you
are again mistaken. They have proprietary tools available at no cost
for open source developers to build software for their products.

Regardless of their statements to you, the license agreement reads
otherwise and they could withdraw the tools at any time. If they like
to demonstrate the kind of "utter" commitment that you're crediting
them above then they could release their DSP toolchain software under
an open source license, or at least enter into a binding legal
agreement the prevents the withdraw of the tools.

In any case, I'm glad to hear that your initial claim was mistaken and
that they hadn't done such a foolish thing today. Now you can
continue your uncompensated labour helping them sell their products.
:slight_smile:

The second thing is I have been given personal assurances from the people in
charge that TI is UTTERLY committed to open source tools.

Goody! Does that mean TI's going to document the SGX graphics
accellerator Beagleboard:Main Page - eLinux.org? Open
source tools are not useful unless the underlying hardware is fully
documented.

Bob, this is cry in the wilderness, not a request for a reply from
you. In general I'm very pleased with TI's OMAP openness, but SGX
opacity limits the potential performance of our little puppy. ARM
Jazelle is another sore point.

John

The second thing is I have been given personal assurances from the people in
charge that TI is UTTERLY committed to open source tools.

Goody! Does that mean TI's going to document the SGX graphics
accellerator Beagleboard:Main Page - eLinux.org? Open
source tools are not useful unless the underlying hardware is fully
documented.

My understanding is that the docs are held by Imagination
technologies, not TI. Hopefully, they make the decision to make the
docs available. There are lots of pieces to a complete open source
OMAP ....

For SDR apps, I'd rather have an OMAP3 with ARM+DSP minus SGX :slight_smile:

Philip