<br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 8/31/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Riku Voipio</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
<br>More likely manufacturers feel that there is valuable IP in their blobs<br>and would prefer not to give it around to everyone for free, especially<br>in a highly competitive market like wlan chipsets are.</blockquote>
<div><br>I suspect that that is the case with the video driver binary blob people. With wlan chipsets working to output a standard signal, it is likely less the case. My impression is that wlan chipsets are nearly commodities at this point. However, I don't work in the field so don't know for sure.
<br><br>However, getting a straight answer as to the real reason out of a company's legal department after it has been filtered through their marketing and communications department is .... uummm ... challenging. :]<br>Sometimes even people internal to the company can't get anything sensible.