Sunday, August 3, 2008

Linux developers push for open drivers

A group of 140 Linux developers has called on hardware vendors to open up their driver code.

Backed by the Linux Foundation, the developers signed an open letter addressed to all hardware vendors which have yet to release Linux drivers as open source software.

"We have repeatedly found them to be detrimental to Linux users, businesses and the greater Linux ecosystem," reads the letter.

"Such modules negate the openness, stability, flexibility and maintainability of the Linux development model, and shut their users off from the expertise of the Linux community."

The Linux Foundation said in a statement that closed source drivers ultimately harm the Linux community, which has long prided itself on the open source model in which the source code for a piece of software is open to the public.

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