Device drivers and non-disclosure agreements
Posted Oct 12, 2006 2:26 UTC (Thu) by drag
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Well it's already started, sorta.
Open spec'd hardware design for a video card. The actual logic and such won't be realy open, but everything about the card is going to be well documented.
And Solaris has openned their Sparc CPU design. They licensed it under the GPL even!
Then a couple other places people have pointed out open designed for that Balloon system.
And there is lots of stuff like that.
Neuros technology is interesting.
They actively engage Linux and open source folk as part of their hardware design. They are very open about everything and even have things like beta programs for people to hack around with hardware before the general public release.
Open source doesn't realy apply well to hardware often. Hardware by definition is propriatory, there is no way around it. And there is no real reason around it either as long as everything is interchangable parts.
But I think that some elements would probably be benifitial.
I think that maybe Linux inroads into embedded devices may be a good thing. As fast hardware gets smaller and smaller hardware gets faster it may help convince hardware developers not only to be open with how to program their devices, but also affect the way they design it to avoid having to expose trade secrets to third parties while still embracing open source software.
Unfortunately right now in embedded-land they (the hardware makers) seem very paraniod about commodizing embedded designes like the 'IBM compatable' pcs did for the personal computer. They are trying to avoid that by going ultra-propriatory.
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