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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RE: Well
by Bink on Thu 5th Oct 2006 23:26 UTC in reply to "Well"
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OpenBSD ships with firmware images because the manufacturers are selling “useless” hardware—without the firmware, your hardware does nothing/”is broken.” In the recent past, manufactures would include the firmware on the hardware on “50 cent” flash memory, but, to save some pennies, this is no longer done—so the driver needs to get the firmware from somewhere to do anything with your hardware.

So, are you now happy that OpenBSD ships WITH the firmware—so you can just pop your firmware-less hardware in and start “playing?” Or would you rather download the firmware using your non-wireless NIC first and then setup your wireless NIC?

The manufacturers were distributing the firmware with the hardware before—now one of the few simple things OpenBSD asks for is to be allowed to distribute the firmware because the manufacturers of your hardware have stopped doing it.

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