Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:44 UTC, submitted by jasper
Red Hat Red Hat has an NDA cooperation with Marvell for the wireless chips that they want to use for the One Laptop per Child-project. The idea of this is that both parties think Marvell will be more open in the future, but this is absolutely not the path they should walk, according to OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt. "I am getting really tired of 'open source' people who work against the open source community. Our little group can probably take credit for having 'opened up' more wireless devices than the rest of the community, and therefore we feel we have a better grasp of the damage OLPC has done here."
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Ack, yourself, Oliver
by JoeBuck on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:17 UTC
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2006-01-11

On this issue, Theo and RMS are in complete agreement and both of them oppose what Red Hat has done. Theo agrees with RMS on what others call a "religious" argument (that is, that fs/os developers shouldn't accept NDAs).

I agree with Theo that the OLPC project made a bad mistake when they didn't insist on open specs. They had bargaining power (as Theo says, millions of these will be bought and sold).

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RE: Ack, yourself, Oliver
by Moulinneuf on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:59 in reply to "Ack, yourself, Oliver"
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2005-07-06

"what Red Hat has done."

1) One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit started by Negroponte and other Media Lab faculty, to extend Internet access in developing countries.

2) OLPC is funded by a number of sponsor organizations. These include AMD, Brightstar Corporation, eBay, Google, Marvell, News Corporation, SES Global, Nortel Networks, and Red Hat. Each company has donated two million dollars.

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