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SubjectRe: Linux, UDI and SCO.

Comments are intermixed below:

Gerhard Mack wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Sep 1998, Michal Jaegermann wrote:
> > Erik Andersen <> writes:
> >
> > > I say we have everything to gain by supporting this, and little to lose.
> > > We get binary only drivers for unsupported devices, and then when we
> > > get a free driver that is better written, everyone will use it because
> > > of the inherent advantages of a free driver.
> >
> > Why do you think that you will ever see a free driver? A pat answer
> > will be "You may buy our binary driver which works on your machine so
> > why do you need specs? Our driver is the best possible in any case".
> > And of course non-Intel Linux crowd (Alpha, Sparc, m68k, ARM, MIPS, .... )
> > will be screwed. You will maybe hear "Ah, those!" or maybe even not that.
> Does anyone pay for drivers for Windows? I haven't seen any sources for
> that. The cost of the windows driver is built into the cost of the
> hardware whether we make our own drovers or not, I don't see that changing
> any time soon.
> Also :
> >UDI allows device drivers to be portable across both hardware platforms
> >and
> >operating systems without any changes to the driver source. This
> >significantly lowers the cost of driver development, speeds
> >time-to-market
> >of new devices, and allows manufacturers to allocate development resource
> >on improving device performance, features and functionality. SCO held the
> >first public demonstration of this technology at SCO Forum98 last month,
> >running the same driver under the SCO OpenServer, SCO UnixWare 2,
> >UnixWare
> > 7, and the Hewlett-Packard HP-UX operating systems.
> I'm starting to wonder how many of you actual read the post from SCO.
> Cross hardware platforms ? Were did it say Intel only ?

The change occurred when Intel decided that Project UDI would be
a good idea for Intel-based UNIX servers. Please read the below

Below is a brief quote from this URL

<Begin Quote>
Rattner was talking during the week that Intel announced its
decision to support Project UDI (Uniform Driver Interface),
a Unix industry initiative to develop a single device driver
implementation that will work across different Unix operating
systems running on Intel platforms. Project UDI is made up of
representatives from Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, SCO and Sun
as well as Adaptec, Bit3 and Interphase. Intel is to provide
information on interfaces and initiatives as well as engineering
resources to help complete a reference design. The complete
specification is due to be delivered at the next Intel Developer
Forum in February.
<End Quote>

Please note who is writing the reference platform: Intel
Please note what Rattner stated in the very first line:
"to develop a single device driver implementation that will
work across different UNIX operatiog systems running on
Intel platform."

Granted the proof-of-concept was cross platform.
Please refer to, with Intel entering
to the picture is would appear that cross platform has been
replaced with Intel specific.

> > It is hard to predict what will happen but I think that the danger
> > is real. Such course of events would drastically change a nature
> > and prospects of Linux. Among other things it would pull it back
> > strongly into Intel-only camp. How strongly depends on how many
> > important drivers you get only in a commercial form. Once it will
> > turn out that a control can be exercised that way you will find
> > this situation more and more often.
> I agree it can change the prospects of Linux, but why do we fear that?
> According the announcement this was all cross platform. We should be
> arguing this stuff on it's technical points not it's philosophical ones.
> The anti corporate religion is really strange when you consider who is
> sponsoring some of the Linux FTP sites I've seen around the net.
> Gerhard
> --
> Gerhard Mack

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and all the milk has turned
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