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Nov 29, 2000, 20:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"My company makes royalties from firmware attached to a device. Usually, this royalty covers the licensing of firmware attached to the hardware (keyboard controller, system BIOS, USB device). We often write drivers to make the device work better with a given operating system (example: Windows 9x USB driver for Sony CyberShot camera). But the profit is in the sale of the hardware...."

"For companies using Linux in new products, the code is just a springboard. The concept of selling software support for a standard doesn't work. The OS and drivers are just a way to facilitate functional hardware. It's not enough to make the gizmo, the software to run said gizmo with useful applications must exist."

"For Linux to be hit the next level of success, it has to facilitate working hardware. Hardware vendors may start looking at Linux as one huge driver, flexible enough to be shaped and molded onto their products. This is important in the emerging market of appliance computers, and will be huge wireless Bluetooth devices. Vendors might not care if the driver source is open, as long as the hardware sells."

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