Moblin Zone has a lengthy justification
for Intel's GMA500 (aka "Poulsbo") graphics hardware. The post is in response to a Linux Journal article
that lambasted Intel for "kicking its friends in the face" by using hardware that requires closed drivers. Essentially, Moblin Zone argues that Intel was targeting the device, not computer, market with "Menlow" (which includes the Poulsbo hardware). "Not only is there no significant penalty for closed drivers in the device world, sometimes, they work out better. There's a business advantage, in terms of vendor lock-in. If I'm a chip maker, my customer has to come back to me for a new driver or source-level license (with non-disclosure agreement) when they begin working on a new product model, or a firmware upgrade. In the thin-margin world of device parts, that kind of ongoing revenue stream might make the difference between getting by or having to lay off engineers.
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