On binary drivers and stable interfaces
Posted Nov 11, 2005 1:57 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
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If the vendors want to protect their "valuable intellectual property", all they have to do is to publish the specifications of the product, how to interface with it. The OSS community can then write the GPL driver.
So you're assuming the valuable intellectual property is the driver software (copyright)?
It's not. The company doesn't sell drivers. The valuable intellectual property is the trade secrets about how the device works. Publishing specs would be worse than shipping source code in that respect.
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