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SubjectRe: Free Linux Driver Development!
On 2/1/07, Nicolas Mailhot <> wrote:
> Well, reengineering nvidia/ati DRM is rude to ati/nvidia, so was creating
> tigon3, so was rewriting from scratch the GPL drivers some ATA vendors
> published in the past, so was spurning the SATA/SAS stack adaptec
> offered...

It is rude, but they're writing proprietary modules, and *that* is
rude, so screw 'em.

> If the answer is no, then there is a big pile of device documentation (in
> the form of source code) waiting to be used.

Greg didn't say it was rude to write a new driver without consulting
the author of an existing driver.. just that taking their code without
asking them if they would prefer to put it in the tree themselves is a
bit rude.

Admittably there is a point where this whole politeness thing could
get out of hand, but I think a good rule of thumb is to ask the author
if they're ok with you doing X with their code, and if they say no,
well, try to be gracious about it. Not that they *should* say no,
this *is* free software after all.

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