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    SubjectRe: Please open sysfs symbols to proprietary modules
    Lee Revell wrote:
    > On Wed, 2005-02-02 at 21:50 -0500, Kyle Moffett wrote:
    >>It's not like somebody will have
    >>some innate commercial advantage over you because they have your
    >>driver source code.
    > For a hardware vendor that's not a very compelling argument. Especially
    > compared to what their IP lawyers are telling them.
    > Got anything to back it up?

    I have a friend who works for a company that does reverse-engineering of
    ICs. Companies hire them to figure out how their competitor's chips
    work. This is the real threat to hardware manufacturers, not publishing
    the chip specs.

    Having driver code gives you the interface to the device. That can be
    reverse-engineered from watching bus traces or disassembling binary
    drivers (which is how many linux drivers were originally written).
    Companies have these kinds of resources.

    If you look at the big chip manufacturers (TI, Maxim, Analog Devices,
    etc.) they publish specs on everything. It would be nice if others did
    the same.

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