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SubjectRe: Binary Drivers
On 12/22/06, Wolfgang Draxinger <> wrote:
> Am Freitag, 22. Dezember 2006 20:22 schrieb Rok Markovic:
> > Hi!
> >
> > Maybe this does not belong to this thread, but I am wondering why
> > manufactorers doesn't want to release specifications about drivers....
> You're not alone, I think everybody who knows, how things in a
> computer work shares this view.

Two of the specific arguments I've heard are (a) that the board (and
its hardware interfaces that the documentation would describe) involve
IP licensed from a third party, which the board manufacturer does not
have a legal right to disclose, or (b) that there is, in fact, no
suitable documentation, because the boards are developed somewhat
fluidly and the driver is developed directly from low-level knowledge
that simply isn't written down in a form suitable for passing on.

If you're building products with no expectation of supporting outside
driver developers, both of those are quite possible.

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