[linux-audio-user] Interesting Tidbit: The Midas XL8 uses Linux

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 23:55:22 EDT 2006

> Keep in mind that if you patent your hardware innovations, you're free
> to release an open source driver and no one can rip you off - for
> example Creative did this with the emu10k1.

Considering how broken I consider the US patent system, or really the 
idea of most software patents, this does nothing to improve my thoughts 
on this situation.

I think making it difficult for people to write drivers for their 
hardware to be used on Linux is a mistake.  if they consider their ideas 
innovative enough to keep a driver closed source we may as well kiss the 
thought goodbye, RME Fireface for example.  We arent spurring innovation 
in that sense, we are driving it to other platforms.  Admitedly RME 
didnt write any of their drivers, however IMO they proved they arent 
against working with us(Linux community) but some things get taken a bit 
far IMO.


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