KS2010: Big out-of-tree projects
Posted Nov 2, 2010 14:19 UTC (Tue) by ccurtis
Parent article: KS2010: Big out-of-tree projects
To echo Tim's sentiments, a place I worked would actually _prefer_ vendor code to open code. We had one vendor supply a library that we had to use to access their hardware (the kernel driver was just a shim). This library was a non-stop source of bugs and instability in the product. Eventually the company decided we needed a new revision of the device and went to a different outside vendor to design one. They came back with something designed around a Broadcom chip. I immediately began asking about source code; the response was "we will own everything - the design, the software - everything". Only after asking for a third time about the Broadcom driver specifically, the response was, "Oh, well, nobody has access to THAT". The design went ahead as planned...
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