ATI to provide specs
openmokolists at mysteryvortex.com
Tue Sep 11 06:51:50 CEST 2007
Harald Welte wrote:
>> On 9/6/07, Steve <openmokolists at mysteryvortex.com> wrote:
>>> It may be worth talking with ATI again. Since this announcement, I
> As indicated previously, this agreement includes a statement that
> OpenMoko will work on to-be-publicized documentation on the SMedia chip,
> which will be jointly released at some point.
I was not aware of this. I thought there would be no documentation
released. I was also afraid that there may be "magic" code or missing
features in the drivers due to NDA restrictions. It sounds as though
those fears were unfounded.
> Do you think we would be foolish enough not to talk to all vendors of
> the respective components? I really feel personally very sad that
> anyone believes that I am in this project for anything else then to
> provide the highest level of freedom for both hardware and software that
> is possible.
Things change, the ATI announcement represents a major shift in their
policy. I didn't mean to imply that you had never even talked with
them, just that it may be a good idea to find out if the new policy
extends to their mobile chips.
I didn't mean to question your commitment to freedom. It's obvious that
the Openmoko team is putting a lot of hard work and effort into making
the hardware and software as free as is currently possible. I
appreciate that effort and intend to support it by buying hardware and
doing whatever I can on the software development front.
> There is no other hardware vendor of devices with similar high level of
> integration that has taken openness to the degree that we are taking it.
> Starting with GTA02, we have a very firm openness policy for all our
> hardware components. Our future designs will follow the same line - and
> we're trying to continuously to push the borders any further. We make
> our position at chip manufacturers very clear. And we're having very
> fruitful discussions and results that I am proud of.
Not only for the open hardware I expect to come out of this project, but
for the example it sets. I believe in voting with my dollars, and that
is why I will be buying the Neo 1973 and future ATI desktop graphics
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