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Re: Opening Firmware and Documentation
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Opening Firmware and Documentation
- From: Marco Feenstra <mfeenstra_(_at_)_suqata_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 20:31:01 +0200
- Organization: SuqAta inc.
Peter H. Coffin wrote:
On Thu, Oct 28, 2004 at 09:29:25AM +0200, Marco Feenstra wrote:One page updated every release and containing 20-30 manufacturers is not
rocket science nor complicated, imho.
Can the OpenBSD homepage be used to promote products bymanufacturers who
If you've already chosen the hardware, the fact that OBSD promotesIt is for those that have yet to choose their hardware, and for those in
the upgrade replacement market.
something else is unlikely to change your mind.
If you've already chosen the OS, the fact that hardware is listed on theI was not talking about vendors, but it gives the manufacturers the
option to distinquish themselves from the rest. Now all are one the good
AND the bad and ugly.
"supported hardware" page is enough to get that vendor preferential
selection, and probably to the point that *only* those vendors will be
The page makes no seperation between hardware which has reverse
engineered drivers and hardware that was implemented using the techdocs.
The OpenBSD developers already develope preferentially for hardware thatAt the end of the road the logic of your statement makes sense we are
here now and not yet at that point in time. My suggestion would help
those buyers, who don't read misc@ and only read the hardware page, to
make an informed decision about where to spend their money at this point
has good licenses. If/when there is ENOUGH good-licensed hardware out
there, the support for not-good-licensed hardware atrophies and stops
The idea was to create an additional motivation for manufacturers to
grease the wheels when talking to manufacturers. It might not be the
best thing, but lets face it, the devs are already doing something like
this in interviews, giving free marketing to manufacturers when making
comments how manufacturer X helped them supporting hardware Y.