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    SubjectRe: Binary Drivers
    On 12/21/06, Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
    > "Scott Preece" <> writes:
    > But as it happens that driver does not work for a large segment
    > percentage of linux users who potentially could place the card in
    > their system. Did that driver support all 23 architectures?

    Do they claim it does? There is NO moral obligation that they support
    every piece of hardware in the world. They are offering a product
    under certain terms. You can choose to buy it or not. If you have
    standing, and believe that their driver infringes the Linux
    copyrights, then you could also sue, but the most you could hope to
    win is making the driver unavailable, which makes the hardware
    unavailable. That still feels like a Pyrrhic victory to me.

    > The difference is that we don't expect the hardware manufactures to do
    > anything we only hope they will support linux. Once they support
    > linux we do expect they will play well with others and if they don't
    > then it is rude.
    Not everyone agrees that it is better to not have the device available
    for Linux at all than to have it with a closed driver. Again, note
    that the manufacturer services all other OS platforms with closed
    drivers, so you're asking them to do something different, that
    probably costs them something in startup cost, and potentially costs
    them something in downstream support.

    > Please none of this amoral Neither is wrong crap.

    It's not a moral question. The hardware vendor says - "This is what we
    make. You can buy it if you like and we will support it to the extent
    defined in our support policy. If those terms don't work for you, or
    it doesn't work with your hardware, then we're sorry; we can't help
    you at this time."

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