[maemo-developers] No more 770 bug activity?

From: Andrew J. Barr andrew.james.barr at gmail.com
Date: Wed Apr 4 00:54:50 EEST 2007
On Tue, 2007-04-03 at 23:09 +0200, Rainer Dorsch wrote:
> Am Dienstag, 3. April 2007 10:31 schrieb Frantisek Dufka:
> > Rainer Dorsch wrote:
> > > Is there any chance to have a community maintained release? If I remember
> > > correctly some drivers are missing to get there,
> >
> > Yoe can get clear picture of current state (i.e. what are those closed
> > parts) from http://maemo.org/maemowiki/Os2007On770
> Are these *all* the closed source components? 
> The page says
> "...table describes which packages have been *changed*"

I utterly fail to understand, for example, _why_ things like osso-ic are
closed-source. The _exact_same_functionality_ is available from a
completely open source software stack (wpasupplicant, network-manager)
on desktops and laptops...it is not as if any information on connection
to Bluetooth mobile phones or 95 percent of the world's 802.11 WLANs is
not already available in open source code. Seems Nokia has reinvented
the wheel, unless they took advantage of the BSD side of wpasupplicant's
dual-license scheme.

Also stuff like ke-recv, I suspect is an attempt, probably by TI or some
other third party, to obfuscate some so-called "intellectual property"
that would normally go into a kernel driver. Something along the lines
of the ipw3945d that existed for a while.

At least I understand why things like codecs are proprietary. I don't
accept the reasoning as legitimate, but at least there's an explanation
out there (patents).

> Thanks,
> Rainer

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