Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Mon Dec 15 01:12:13 PST 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 05:11:00PM +1000, Da Rock wrote:
> But if I remember my legal and ethics course correctly if you can arrive
> at a conclusion through your own research then your reasonably clear.
> For example, the drivers are closed source but the hardware itself is an
> entirely separate issue. So if you can create your own drivers by your
> own research into how the hardware is setup then the drivers created
> could licensed under your own terms- open source or otherwise.
> The drivers and hardware may operate together but are separate items of
> creativity, therefore do not operate under the same patent.

Be very careful.  Even in the US, where there's a presumption of
innocence built into criminal law, the presumption of innocence doesn't
apply in civil court.

Chad Perrin [ content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
Principle of Exclusion: The strength of any system is inversely
proportional to the restrictions on the power of tools allowed to the
general public by that system.
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