[OT] Free Linux Driver Development!

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[OT] Free Linux Driver Development!

Post by forart » Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:46 am

According to this post by the well-known Linux kernel developer Greg Koah-Hartman
All that is needed is some kind of specification that describes how your device works, or the email address of an engineer that is willing to answer questions every once in a while. A few sample devices might be good to have so that debugging doesn't have to be done by email, but if necessary, that can be done.
Seems interesting, but in the same post he also claims:
If your company is worried about NDA issues surrounding your device's specifications, we have arranged a program with OSDL/TLF's Tech Board to provide the legal framework where a company can interact with a member of the kernel community in order to properly assure that all needed NDA requirements are fulfilled.
...that is not so good.

In my opinion free and open specs could help EVERY OS (ROS too) better.

What are your opinions ?

For those who are interested in, Italian FSF has an interesting petition around this topic:


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Post by oiaohm » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:53 pm

Normal Linux operations. Nothing to see. Except at the moment a few Linux kernel developers have spare time to build drivers.

Something like this was posted about 3 years ago. Linux developers respect NDA. Most cases company's who give NDA access to linux will give NDA access to other OS's.

NDA is better than no specs.

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Post by cdoublejj » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:24 am

i think it's kick ass if it can help Ros. :D

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