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Please Help - OBSD meets CEO...
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Please Help - OBSD meets CEO...
- From: "J.C. Roberts" <unknown_(_at_)_abac_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2004 04:05:01 -0700
- Organization: None
On Friday the 13th I'll be meeting with the CEO of HiFn (a chipset
company specializing in crypto, security processors, pseudo random
number generators, communications, etc) in regards to getting better
company support for the OBSD project.
The problem of easy access to documentation (without soul selling,
NDA's, registration and whatnot) should be fixable with something simple
like an anon SFTP/FTP server holding the docs.
The more important problem, is what are the business reasons for HiFn to
provide free reference implementations to the OBSD developers?
Since I need to convince a CEO that the cost of providing hardware
samples for free to OBSD developers is worth it, I want to know your
thoughts/ideas/points/opinions... -I'll probably only get one, and only
one, chance present this to HiFn, so I want to make sure I cover all the
points that will benefit their company. If your job was to sell chips,
what would convince you?
Obviously, any hardware HiFn provides will go to Theo de Raadt directly
and as usual, he'll disperse it to the people writing the code (possibly
via the now infamous "Calgary Suitcase" trick ;-). I don't personally
want or need anything from HiFn, instead, I just happen to live next to
their headquarters and by luck, managed to pique the interest of their
CEO with an email about the problems.
Thanks to the folks that responded to my previous request for people
interested in BSD full support of HiFn chipsets. Those emails will help!
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