[linux-audio-user] (OSS vs. RME) vs. (OSS + RME) [slightly OT]

Rick Taylor RickTaylor at Speakeasy.Net
Sat Dec 18 13:01:45 EST 2004

On Saturday 18 December 2004 10:48 pm, Marek Peteraj wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-12-18 at 14:56, Rick Taylor wrote:
> > Is there anyplace where you get stats and demographics as to the number
> > of RME users on linux? Maybe if you could approach them with concrete
> > numbers?
> In case of RME this wouldn't be that accurate since there don't seem to
> be that many people who are willing to participate on a market research
> type project(enter your name and type of card). The forum thread didn't
> go above 30 posts, but there were many RME users who participated in the
> RME thread on lad/lau, which in turn didn't participate in the forum
> thread, and a rough search through the lad archives revealed another
> dozen of RME users(haven't tried lau and ardour dev/user lists). There
> are people who bought 2 products from RME.  And there are many people
> outside lad/lau which do use linux audio and probably RME hardware(so
> such project would need to be broadly announced, /. and similar).
> The ATI numbers are pretty accurate though (the ATI petition).

It's too bad there's no way to notify all linux users of something... like a 
newsticker for administrative issues, security announcements and so on.

It just makes sense that if linux as a whole is going to maximize its 
capabilities that it be organized. Personally, I'd like to have gnu gnus 
flash across my taskbar a few times a day... It would be nice to be able to 
stay updated that way.

Maybe folk wouldn't mind filling in the occasional survey. If they don't know 
about it though it doesn't work. I'm sure you'd get a relatively huge 
response if folk did know.

> > I
> > somehow doubt they care all that much about their copyright...
> Copyright isn't the issue here. The issue here is basically - someone
> does work he doesn't get paid for, and another one profits from such
> work.
> Marek

I meant RMEs copyright to their firmware/drivers. It's the only thing really 
keeping you from just using that code. If folk could give them a reason to go 
open source with it I'm sure they'd let go of it or write linux firmware and 
work with developers to get compatible software put together. {I don't see 
why they'd not want to pay folk to write linux firmware. {open source or not} 
Apparently they don't realize how many linux users they have. 

Maybe it's just not worth their while. I don't know how many linux users there 
are. I don't know what percentage of their sales is to linux users.


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