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Re: Please Help - OBSD meets CEO...
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Please Help - OBSD meets CEO...
- From: Rod Dorman <rodd_(_at_)_polylogics_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 20:02:07 -0400
- Organization: Polylogics Consulting
- Reply-to: Rod Dorman <rodd_(_at_)_polylogics_(_dot_)_com>
On Sunday, August 8, 2004, 07:05:01, J.C. Roberts wrote:
> The more important problem, is what are the business reasons for HiFn
> to provide free reference implementations to the OBSD developers?
I'm assuming they're interested in selling their chipsets and increasing
the number of platforms that can utilize their hardware will increase
the potential market for selling their hardware.
> 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
Its not just the OpenBSD market that will be opened by drivers for their
chipsets. There's frequent cross pollinization of driver code between
the (Open/Net/Free)BSDs as well as Linux. Having access to hardware
samples improves the odds of getting good driver code.
In addition, the open source community generally views vendors who have
gone out of their way to be helpful to have earned a few bonus points
when it come to selecting a particular vendors product.
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