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The Jem Report: Making Sense of the One Laptop Per Child Proprietary Software Row

Oct 10, 2006, 12:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

[ Thanks to Jem Matzan for this link. ]

"Theo de Raadt, the leader of the OpenBSD project and a vociferous crusader for hardware (especially networking) documentation, recently went public with his concerns about the One Laptop Per Child project's choice to use a wireless networking chip from Marvell, a company with an unusually poor record of supporting free software operating systems, in the 2B1 laptop computer that it is developing. Marvell is unwilling to freely supply hardware documentation so that programmers can create device drivers that properly interface with its wireless chips, and beyond that, Marvell also refuses to allow OpenBSD and other free software operating systems to freely distribute firmware binaries that are necessary to use Marvell wireless devices. So why, then, was it chosen for the OLPC project, which claims to 'support open source?' If de Raadt's email was the first you heard of the conflict, you're probably confused as to what's going on..."

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