The world of Free Hardware is very wide and growing, but in many cases, if not all, it is useless if we do not have good software that makes Free Hardware work.
This is key in 3D printers and SBC boards like Raspberry Pi and it is something that we do not seem to have to worry about. The Linux kernel will continue to support Raspberry Pi boards, something interesting that will ensure that the raspberry computer continues to have Gnu / Linux distributions to run this hardware and our projects.
Latest developments in Linux kernel 4.11 development confirm driver support for Broadcom chipsThese chips are present in all Raspberry Pi models and not only are they in charge of processing the calculation of operations, but they will also be in charge of sending the image and sound that we produce with our Raspberry Pi.
The Linux kernel has been key to the operation of some versions of Raspberry Pi
The latest versions of the Linux kernel already support Raspberry Pi boards and their specific drivers and it has been key to developing projects or the existence of new models. It was not until very recently that distributions and operating systems for Raspberry Pi could take advantage of the full potential of the board, since they did not support 64-bit technology on the motherboards. This is past water and it seems that the next versions of the Linux kernel will solve problems that we currently have with sound, internal storage or wireless communications.
All this is very interesting and positive for the Raspberry Pi Community but I wish Raspberry Pi were not the only Free Hardware that is included in the Linux kernel, one of the freest kernels in the world.