[linux-audio-user] LightScribe and linux

Cesare Marilungo cesare at poeticstudios.com
Sat Dec 2 13:36:37 EST 2006

Ross Vandegrift wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 02, 2006 at 01:50:08PM +0000, Cesare Marilungo wrote:
>> Again,
>> I know. But I was talkting about drivers. Other examples?
> Lots more than you might think.  While many manufacturers are very
> closed about implementing their drivers, there's also a bunch that
> contribute to the development and support of freely licensed drivers.
> Start reading the linux-kernel and xorg mailing lists.  You see plenty
> of people with Intel, AMD, Adaptec, Promise, among others.  Read
> through the source and you'll also see code that was originally
> submitted by the manufacturer, but licensed freely enough that the
> community can sucessfully maintain it.  3Ware is one such example.
> As far as audio hardware, Creative Labs used to be a good
> player - they contributed the original emu10k1 driver.  They're not so
> cool now; the top news item on opensource.creative.com is about
> releasing proprietary drivers...
Yes, I knew about most of this examples. I'm not too much into these 
stuff, so maybe I was wrong.

But my impression is that there's still much to do.

AFAIK, the hardware of a device is becoming less important than before. 
Most devices use the same chips programmed to do different things or the 
same thing in a different way. So the software side will be more 
important in the future, as an investment. With DRMs and such, things 
will be even worse, IMO.

Take the iPod, for instance. I can install another firmware (which is no 
more just a firmware) on it (like rockbox or ipodlinux). How can Apple 
be interested in this? Or in letting me use whatever software I want to 
exchange tracks with the device. The iPod is more its software than its 
hardware. Am I wrong?

I commented this news just to say that we shouldn't be surprised if a 
software that comes from a big manufacturer to support some new 
technology is not open source. ;-) 




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