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[2]: Right!
by Morty on Fri 6th Oct 2006 08:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Right!"
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The source should clearly show details of the implementation the NDA was meant to keep private, non?

No, not neccesary, lots of implementation details will not have any relevance on the driver sourcode. It's more a convinience thing. It's hard and expensive work to go through an internal specification and design documentation, to remove the information desired or requred to keep private. And you still have to include enouch information to make the specifiaction usefull.

In many cases it's plain simpler and cheaper to make anyone needing the info sign an NDA, and give access to the internal specification and design documentation.

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