[Consortium] a few more rants...

Daniel James daniel at mondodesigno.com
Wed Mar 3 05:24:27 EST 2004

>  Before talking about an individual developer's
> "responsibility" to do free work for a hardware company, we should
> be talking about that developer's worth to the company.

Perhaps - but let me put it like this. The professional Linux audio 
market is currently so small as to be insignificant to a hardware 
company. We currently rely on good will to get any loan hardware or 

If a particular company wants to donate hardware worth thousands of 
dollars to a libre software developer, they won't expect it to be 
lost, damaged or sold on eBay. As for 'free work', we're not talking 
about taking bread out of developers mouths, since these companies 
probably aren't paying anyone for Linux support at the moment.

Another consideration is this: many companies will have a budget for 
supplying hardware to third parties for review and test, but won't 
have one for third party tech support. It would therefore be much 
easier for that company to supply hardware. The value would also be 
greater than cash, since the hardware company doesn't have to pay 
retail price for their own equipment. 

Besides, the responsibility I was talking about was the responsibility 
of an individual to work with the community in return for having 
primary access to the hardware. If you want free stuff, it's only 
reasonable to make some commitment in return. 



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