Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 15:47 UTC, submitted by umccullough
GNU, GPL, Open Source It seems that Haiku hacker Francois Revol (mmu_man) posted a few messages to a thread in MSI's forums asking to provide hardware with open specifications and/or (non-GPL) FOSS drivers such that alternative operating systems like Haiku and others could benefit and be supported as well. His messages were seemingly squelched by a forum moderator as "rubbish" while other, pro-Linux, postings seem to have remain untouched. Francois decided to respond with a public blog rant of his own opinions regarding the state of open source driver support and vendors' responsibility to their customers.
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This is badly needed
by chris_dk on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:51 UTC
chris_dk
Member since:
2005-07-12

The world is not only Windows and Linux. Open specs for all hardware should be a goal so we are not locked into specific OS'es.

However, I can see the problem of providing specs for hardware that is very cheap and has a short life cycle. It's very hard to go against the stream in hardware world: cheap products that are replaced every year by supposedly better performing products.

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RE: This is badly needed
by Moulinneuf on Wed 5th Nov 2008 20:03 in reply to "This is badly needed"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"The world is not only Windows and Linux. "


Your right there is Apple too (BSD).

"Open specs for all hardware"


Contrary to popular belief the majority of hardware as Open Specs. What you don't get is "apparently" free manufacturer driver support for all OS'es. By "apparently" it is implied that GNU/Linux , Windows and Apple pay for the hardware support by there sale order's in magnitude that *register* with the hardware vendors.

Beside it's because they are *Open* that most fringe and niche OS are not covered , if the spec had been Free , then anyone would be able to work on it.

Edited 2008-11-05 20:06 UTC

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RE[2]: This is badly needed
by sakeniwefu on Wed 5th Nov 2008 21:16 in reply to "RE: This is badly needed"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

Hypocrites appears:


PUFFY, you must obey my new laws!

Whatever open spec there is in the world isn't thanks to Linux and its NDAs and binary blobs. If all specs were open, no OS would be left behind. Now Linux has joined the club of supported OSes by renouncing to its users' freedom to do whatever they want with the hardware they purchased. There is absolutely no reason not to release a pdf with your internal interface specs. Nobody is asking them to write MikeOS drivers. Nobody can build a competitor to nVidia by knowing how to control the card. Basically because they don't even have the required technology. Everything the vendors say is utter bullshit.

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