Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:23 UTC, submitted by wibbit
Apple Apple has bought the CUPS code base, and has hired it's lead developer. "CUPS was written by Michael R Sweet, an owner of Easy Software Products. In February of 2007 Apple Inc. hired Michael and acquired ownership the CUPS source code. While Michael is primarily working on non-CUPS projects, he will continue to develop and support CUPS, which is still being released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms."
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RE[11]: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 23:02 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Re: Say What?"
cyclops
Member since:
2006-03-12

"I'm sorry I didn't realize Apple owns Atheros, Broadcom and others."

And yet Linux has open source drivers for those.http://www.linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers and those drives came about becuase of *contributions* by companies.

Ironically the wikipedia entry agrees with you. I'm sure than freebsd would benefit more from having a *shared* tree, rather than a separate development, rather than a thank you.

Edited 2007-07-12 23:03

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RE[12]: Re: Say What?
by meianoite on Thu 12th Jul 2007 23:09 in reply to "RE[11]: Re: Say What?"
meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

And yet Linux has open source drivers for those.http://www.linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers and those drives came about becuase of *contributions* by companies.


Oh, dear... If only you dug a little deeper.

From the page you just linked, click the "bcm43xx (Broadcom chips)" link. Go to the bottom of the page. Open the "driver homepage" link, under "External links"

You'll arrive here: http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/

Read the very first sentence, which I quote here: "Broadcom never released details about these chips. So this driver is based upon reverse engineered specifications."

And I assure you, this situations saddens me to the extreme. For instance, I'd love to use FreeBSD as the primary OS on my laptop, but unfortunately Intel is slacking on releasing specs for their 3945ABG cards.

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RE[13]: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 23:23 in reply to "RE[12]: Re: Say What?"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

Oh, dear... If only you dug a little deeper.

From the page you just linked, click the "bcm43xx (Broadcom chips)" link. Go to the bottom of the page. Open the "driver homepage" link, under "External links"
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I was referring to Atheros from *your* list of ccompanies http://zd1211.wiki.sourceforge.net/VendorDriver.

But lets face it a competing kernel manages Open source drivers where Apple fail to deliver...and they can pick and choose their hardware.

It saddens me more that you make claims of support for open-source and yet buy hardware, from companies that don't support it. I bought my wireless cards from ZyDAS becuase of their support for open-source. Clearly you or Apple do not think that way. Oddly *intel* *contributed* the ieee80211 wireless stack.

Intel have been a *major* *contributer* to open source and I have benefited from their work personally, but you can see over their behavior over OLPC there are no *good* companies.

Edited 2007-07-12 23:30

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