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anti-NDA petition [for Philips USB webcams]

Apr 26, 2000, 13:37 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeroen Vreeken)

[ Thanks to Jeroen Vreeken for this announcement. ]


I am currently working at Philips in Eindhoven, The Netherlands for my graduation. Here we make amongst other thing USB webcams. For these there is an excellent linux driver, but the author had to sign an NDA in order to get the specifications of the communication protocol. I have been trying to convince people here to drop at least part of the NDA so that an open source driver will be possible. So far the answer has been no.

It turns out that open source osses are considerd to have to litle users to be a valid market. I was however promissed that if I could show that is was much bigger then they thought they would reconsider. I therefor urge everyone to write an email to my email address at philips: jeroen.vreeken@philips.com You do not have to buy a camera, just state that IF you were buying one you would buy one with opensource drivers available. Please write polite mails and mention 'open source' or your opensource os in the subject. I will need at least a few thousand emails.

Jeroen Vreeken,