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Next week at the 6th annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be speaking about their Linux device driver development experiences and will go as far as calling for all proprietary drivers to be killed for good. They talk not just about killing proprietary drivers for Linux, but for all operating systems. Can the plans they lay out to kill all proprietary drivers work or is this just a big pipe-dream?

Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=qualcomm_kill_blobs&num=1

Wishful thinking/just talk or something with potential?

What are your thoughts guys?
     
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That would be really cool if they could pull it off! But like the article said, its MUCH easier said than done. Oh well, we can always hope for it!
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That would be really cool if they could pull it off! But like the article said, its MUCH easier said than done. Oh well, we can always hope for it!

I certainly hope...I see an Asus transformer daily (friend has one) and I keep thinking "if only it was open to real Linux".

What's really interesting was phoronix also had an article with about MS guys talking on how they were opening up into the Linux world...whatever that means.
     
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Next week at the 6th annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be speaking about their Linux device driver development experiences and will go as far as calling for all proprietary drivers to be killed for good. They talk not just about killing proprietary drivers for Linux, but for all operating systems. Can the plans they lay out to kill all proprietary drivers work or is this just a big pipe-dream?
Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=qualcomm_kill_blobs&num=1
Wishful thinking/just talk or something with potential?
What are your thoughts guys?

Since they make money on the hardware, not the software, what is the purpose of a vendor creating proprietary drivers? All printer drivers should be open source especially bluetooth devices.
Edited by aweir - 3/29/12 at 6:14pm
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Since they make money on the hardware, not the software, what is the purpose of a vendor creating proprietary drivers? All printer drivers should be open source especially bluetooth devices.

There's various excuse/worries but none of them have ever made sense to me. I mean can someone use the software to figure out the design of the hardware and then steal/copy that design? I've always figured it to be stupid to limit your product's sales potential in any way.
     
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I mean can someone use the software to figure out the design of the hardware and then steal/copy that design?

Hardware design could at least be inferred from the drivers if they were carefully studied, but what will that gain anyone? Patent infringement lawsuits for copied designs?
    
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Hardware design could at least be inferred from the drivers if they were carefully studied, but what will that gain anyone? Patent infringement lawsuits for copied designs?

That's kind of my whole point...if you copyright your specific approach to the software for your hardware fine....but that shouldn't allow you to use it to destroy anyone else trying to come up with another way to use your hardware (not design a competitor but code for it) or make you feel like you need to deny yourself a market out of pointless fear that someone will try to copy you. There's probably a lot of hardware in the world that failed or died out simply because of people failing to open up.
     
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I was referring to copied hardware designs, not software. There is no need to patent the drivers or even keep them proprietary as long as the hardware design is patented. If people want to build a better driver for some hardware, that is no loss to the manufacturer (if anything it's a gain as they could try to merge the improvements into their official drivers). If a competitor builds hardware that is largely a copy of another because they derived the design from the drivers, then they will just land themselves in court.
    
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