[linux-elitists] Okay... so now how do I get...
Fri Dec 15 10:25:24 PST 2006
begin Rick Moen quotation of Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 03:01:59PM -0800:
> To very slightly misquote Douglas Adams, "To summarize the summary of a
> summary: mulish hardware companies are a problem."
Some if it is just plain corporate inertia --
sometimes it's easier for Management to put a
developer to work trying to play catchup maintaining
a proprietary driver than to come up with a GPL
In the early days of LCD panels, some vendors
redefined a "good" panel as one with fewer than n
bad pixels. Buyers defended themselves with "no bad
pixels" terms in purchase orders.
A vendor sales person with a signed purchase order
from you is a powerful tool for shaping vendor policy
your way. You're talking someone who knows how to
persuade, who knows who the players at the company
are, who has an incentive to make things come out
I'm thinking about drafting some boilerplate text
that hardware customers could start sticking into
GPLv2 or Compatible Device Driver Support
The following items are "Linux Hardware" for the
purposes of this purchase order requirement:
("all", if you're just ordering Linux boxes,
or list which systems are to run Linux otherwise)
Vendor warrants and represents that any and all
Kernel Software pre-installed on the Linux Hardware
is licensed to Purchaser under terms that allow
Purchaser to redistribute the Kernel Software to
anyone under the GNU General Public License, version
2, as published by the Free Software Foundation
Vendor warrants and represents that the Linux
Hardware functions substantially in accordance
with its specifications without requiring anyone to
install, run, or accept the license of any Kernel
Software not licensed to Purchaser under GPLv2.
If any support, update, or software maintenance
services are provided under the terms of this
Purchase Order, Vendor warrants that any and all
Kernel Software provided as part of such services
will be licensed to Purchaser under terms that
allow Purchaser to redistribute such Kernel Software
under GPLv2 to anyone.
Vendor warrants and represents that any
replacement hardware provided under the terms of any
warranty covering the Linux Hardware will function
substantially in accordance with its specifications
without requiring anyone to install, run, or accept
the license of any Kernel Software not licensed to
Purchaser under GPLv2.
Need a definition of "Kernel Software".
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