Re: GPL Violation?

From: Helge Hafting
Date: Fri Aug 18 2006 - 05:04:55 EST

Ian Stirling wrote:

The problem is that in many cases AIUI, a large entry barrier to
someone taking CPU A, chip B, sticking it in a box, and selling
it, is that there is no linux driver for chip B.
If you (as someone who does not make chip B) release the GPL'd
driver, then you're making it a fair bit easier for competitors,
who can now simply copy your often not very novel in any way
other than you thought of it first - design, and use that driver.
Which is why the maker of chip B would do very well to make a basic
linux driver - perhaps not novel in any way, but now everybody want to
use B chips because it comes with working software.

And if linux powered gadgets with chip B becomes popular, surely
someone pick up the simple driver and improves it too.

Helge Hafting
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