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OEMs should: Open source ~ the old hardware drivers

PostPosted: 2017-11-11 04:34
by makh
The Hardware Manufacturers like Micro Processors, Wifi, Gaming Devices and others, should open source their closed source drivers after 1 to 3 years. It wouldnt really matter, as they would have had a cutting edge over their competitors already, and they have made their profits.

... and most probably, by this time, their devices can better run on the next linux and debian. It may also benefit the linux development.

Just a thought.

Re: OEMs should: Open source ~ the old hardware drivers

PostPosted: 2017-11-11 10:18
by debiman
sometimes they do.

some of them even open-source current drivers, because they realize it is rather going to INcrease hardware sales than DEcrease.

Re: OEMs should: Open source ~ the old hardware drivers

PostPosted: 2017-11-13 16:40
by makh
I hope this "some" and "sometimes" gets to "nearly all".

Re: OEMs should: Open source ~ the old hardware drivers

PostPosted: 2017-11-19 14:30
by IzayoiFlandre
Any examples of companies that indeed do this? I'm intrigued :)

Re: OEMs should: Open source ~ the old hardware drivers

PostPosted: 2017-11-23 23:27
by makh

Re: OEMs should: Open source ~ the old hardware drivers

PostPosted: 2017-11-24 00:56
by Bulkley
Big companies cater to the whims of their biggest customers. A few individuals running Linux on their home machines don't register at all on a corporate to-do list.