Re: [LONG RANT] Re: Linux stifles innovation...

From: Jeff Garzik (
Date: Mon Feb 19 2001 - 06:07:02 EST

On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Werner Almesberger wrote:
> Now what's at stake ? Look at the Windows world. Also there, companies
> could release their drivers as Open Source. Quick, how many do this ?
> Almost none. So, given the choice, most companies have defaulted to
> closed source. Consistently complaining when a company tries to release
> only closed source drivers for Linux seems to generally have the desired
> effect of making them change their policy.

FWIW, -every single- Windows driver source code I've seen has been
bloody awful. Asking them to release that code would probably result in
embarrassment. Same reasoning why many companies won't release hardware
specifications... The internal docs are bad. Really bad.


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