[linux-audio-user] Re: RME is no more

Marek Peteraj marpet at naex.sk
Mon Nov 29 15:16:08 EST 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-29 at 16:59, Jack O'Quin wrote:
> Joe Hartley <jh at brainiac.com> writes:
> > I think if RME believes releasing the data on their Firewire audio
> > poses a threat to their competitive edge, they probably have a point.
> Right or wrong, it is their business and their choice.
> > While I'm a huge fan of OSS, I have to respect when companies like
> > NVidia release binary-only drivers for a device.  I'm just glad that
> > they do, when so many companies will only release for Windoze, or for
> > Windoze and Mac only.  I think NVidia's support, for example, is as good
> > for Linux as it is for any other platform.  Do all bugs get fixed?
> > Nope, and they don't in 99% of OSS projects, either.
> I believe in free speech, and this includes the right to remain
> silent.  Insisting that RME release code when they would rather not
> violates *their* freedom. 

Jack, i think it rather violates the freedom of their *customers* to use
the product they've purchased with the OS of their choice. 

>  I value libre software for being minimally
> coercive to both authors and users.

Basically i think that people here are just *too* polite to stand up and
thrash the companies for being careless. Because it's how it is. 


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