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The code is the documentation often

The code is the documentation often

Posted Oct 17, 2006 4:51 UTC (Tue) by bignose (subscriber, #40)
In reply to: The code is the documentation often by arjan
Parent article: Device drivers and non-disclosure agreements

> also you "and they must wear the consequences" sentence starts to smell
> like we open source people have real power other than "your device is
> not supported"; guess what, we don't.

That seems like power enough. Linux is the kernel with the most hardware support, ever, out of the box. Customers with lots of money are realising this.

If the hardware vendors want in on that, consistently and with a minimum of maintenance costs, they need to play by the rules. The rules say that proprietary drivers in the kernel are illegal, unworkable, and unethical.

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