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SubjectRe: 3com Driver and the 3XP Processor
I think that they are relatively friendly. However, if they publish the
interface to their card another company could come along with a card
with the same functionality and take advantage of pre-existing drivers and
undercut their price, thus taking away their margins. At least that is the
rationale I have been given and this has occurred on at least one
occasion to Adaptec.

My opinion is that if you have to obscure your interface to protect your
margins because you are making a commodity component then you are in the
wrong business. Nonetheless they can correctly point out that they are
still making a lot more money than I am :-).


On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Brent D. Norris wrote:

> I thought 3com was pretty friendly to the Linux Community, was that a
> misconception?
> > It can't because 3com hasn't implemented in the driver and they won't
> > publish the interface.
> > -Kip
> >
> Brent
> Executive Advisor -- WKU-Linux

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