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KS2010: Big out-of-tree projects

KS2010: Big out-of-tree projects

Posted Nov 2, 2010 14:19 UTC (Tue) by ccurtis (guest, #49713)
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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KS2010: Big out-of-tree projects

Posted Nov 2, 2010 14:23 UTC (Tue) by ccurtis (guest, #49713) [Link]

I should clarify that last comment ... the project went ahead as planned, but the design was changed considerably. The more questions I asked about the software, the more problems I found. Eventually it was admitted that no consideration was made for software design at all in this project. Fortunately, I'm not there now to see how the product turned out.


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