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[3]: Right!
by Marcellus on Fri 6th Oct 2006 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Right!"
Marcellus
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2005-08-26

- open drivers, no spec: good

It's not "good", only "less bad".

With closed drivers you have to assume that the people who wrote the driver knows what to do.
With open driver, but no spec, you have to assume that the people who wrote the open driver actually knows what they are doing with their hidden specs.

I'd rank it as:
-closed drivers: bad
-open drivers, closed spec: less bad
-open drivers, reverse engineered: decent
-open drivers, open spec: good

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