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Response to Philips [USB webcams] NDA post

Apr 28, 2000, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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This is a response to the Anti-NDA post on LinuxToday, earlier this week.
I work for Cistron Internet Services, a linux-minded ISP in the netherlands.
We have some Philips USB webcams, and wanted them to run with linux.
We didn't want to sign an NDA, so we got the binary driver from nemosoft, and started working on disassembling it.
The result is a (very preliminary, alpha-stage) driver in source code, and a specifications document (specs).
The driver works, but is alpha; the documentation is fairly complete, except for the compression part.
As a response to the NDA post we'd like to release both the driver and the source to the public, and see what the community can come up with.
Ofcourse we're going to work with the community on the new to-be GPL driver.
The documentation and source can be found here."

Robert van der Meulen
Cistron Internet Services

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