The code is the documentation often
Posted Oct 12, 2006 1:33 UTC (Thu) by bignose
In reply to: The code is the documentation often
Parent article: Device drivers and non-disclosure agreements
> For many pieces of hardware, no such driver-writer level documentation
> exists! At all. Often the driver (often only the Windows one) gets
> developed together with the hardware, and the driver ends up BEING the
This doesn't change the request. If the hardware vendor wants their hardware to work with free operating systems, they should be providing documentation in whatever best form they have. If their best documentation is the source code for a driver, then that is what they can release.
If they *choose* to restrict this best form of documentation under a non-free license (either by choosing that license, or accepting it from another party), then they choose to lock themselves out of free operating systems.
It is *not* within the power of a free software developer to create that documentation under a free license. It *is* within the hardware vendor's power to provide the documentation as requested; if they choose not to participate, that is their decision, and they must wear the consequences.
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