Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 15:47 UTC, submitted by umccullough
GNU, GPL, Open Source It seems that Haiku hacker Francois Revol (mmu_man) posted a few messages to a thread in MSI's forums asking to provide hardware with open specifications and/or (non-GPL) FOSS drivers such that alternative operating systems like Haiku and others could benefit and be supported as well. His messages were seemingly squelched by a forum moderator as "rubbish" while other, pro-Linux, postings seem to have remain untouched. Francois decided to respond with a public blog rant of his own opinions regarding the state of open source driver support and vendors' responsibility to their customers.
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State of Open Specification Hardware:
by protagonist on Wed 5th Nov 2008 19:02 UTC
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He makes some good points. I also remember the days when you could get full schematics and specs on the electronic products you bought. I still have my Heathkit digital tuner with the schematics and breakout boards. The manufacturers have managed to take all the fun out of owning computers.

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