[maemo-users] Is OS2006 still supported?

From: Luca Olivetti luca at ventoso.org
Date: Mon Apr 21 16:03:15 EEST 2008
En/na Quim Gil ha escrit:

> Luca Olivetti wrote:
>> Well, yes, but a company that buys chipsets in the millions has a lot 
>> more bargaining force with its suppliers than a lone hacker in a 
>> basement, hasn't it?
> In theory yes, in practice the game doesn't work like this. Bargaining
> doesn't necessarily help a business ecosystem and a sustainable
> relationship.

Right, let's say that nokia, as a VIP customer of TI, is in a better 
position to explain the importance of disclosing specs (so that free 
drivers can be produced by the community) than a lone hacker in a 
basement (to whom TI doesn't even sell directly its wares).
Obviously only if nokia does get it itself.
I understand they fear disclosing the specs would make copying their 
wares easier, but other manufacturers don't seem to have a problem with 

> Understanding why to opensource is as important as
> understanding why a company prefers to keep the code closed. Why
> hardware vendors don't provide open source drivers or good documentation
> for free?

Because they usually can[*]  get away with it.

[*]could, I hope things are changing

> What should change in their business to see a benefit from
> opensourcing drivers and documenting hardware?

Well, I think (and I may be wrong) that they'll change only when they 
see that their customers go shopping elsewhere, favouring more open 
I won't personally buy, e.g., any nvidia stuff, and I'll try to avoid 
anything with broadcom stuff inside (but it is just me).


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