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[4]: find it funny
by vikramsharma on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: find it funny"
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The chip makers or nay hardware makers are here to sell. Choosing platforms to support is plain stupid of these hardware companies, without proper drivers the hardware is pretty much useless. I use Nvidia card on my Linux box because Nvidia has better drivers on Linux. Until and unless these hardware manufacturing companies realize that they are losing customers because of lack of driver these companies are not going to do anything about it. Why should it matter to Broadcomm, Nvidia, ATI, etc what OS is choose to run, ,their job is to sell their hardware and release optimized drivers. These greedy hardware (I should say moronic)companies neither write the drivers nor do they give out the hardware specs so some one else can do the job that was intended for the hardware manufacturers (rather than reverse engineered drivers). This not about OSS, this is about being professional, hardware companies choosing sides is absolutely non-sensical.

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