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KernelTrap: Free Linux Driver Development

Jan 30, 2007, 13:45 (6 Talkback[s])

"'The Linux kernel community is offering all companies free Linux driver development,' Greg Kroah-Hartman posted in an open offer on the lkml, for all types of devices 'from USB toys to PCI video devices to high-speed networking cards.' He explains, 'all that is needed is some kind of specification that describes how your device works, or the email address of an engineer that is willing to answer questions every once in a while. A few sample devices might be good to have so that debugging doesn't have to be done by email, but if necessary, that can be done.' He added, 'if your company is worried about NDA issues surrounding your device's specifications, we have arranged a program with OSDL/TLF's Tech Board to provide the legal framework where a company can interact with a member of the kernel community in order to properly assure that all needed NDA requirements are fulfilled.' Greg suggests that companies participating can allow their developers to focus on drivers for other operating systems, 'and you can add 'supported on Linux' to your product's marketing material...'"

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