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Intel accused of "open-source fraud"

updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri October 6, 2006

Intel, "open-souce fraud"

Key OpenBSD developers have accused Intel of being an "open-source fraud" due to firmware "blobs" in open-source projects which are not distributed freely and without restriction. "By withholding, Intel is being an open-source fraud," said leading OpenBSD project creator Theo de Raadt, who went on to suggest that Intel should follow the example of other companies in the market, according to Slashdot and KernelTrap. "Intel must do this firmware grant in the same way that Adaptec, Atmel, Broadcom, Cirrus Logic, Cyclades, QLogic, Ralink, and LSI and lots of other companies have granted distribution firmware to be used by others." Apple receives its CPUs exclusively from Intel, but the Cupertino-based company also maintains its proprietary AppleACPIPlatform driver -- which is necessary to boot the current Darwin OS -- and was said to be stonewalling open-source developers by the administrator of the GNU-Darwin Distribution back in early August.




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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Heh

    Is there ANY tech company that's 100% legit these days? ;-)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    title wrong

    Intel's not being accused of fraud, their being accused of being a fraud.

    And as we know, its nearly impossible to appease all the open-source zealots out there who don't like it when anyone puts any type of restrictions on their usage 'rights'.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's just Theo

    Theo has a history...

  1. SolarMedia

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    technicality

    >>"Intel's not being accused of fraud, their being accused of being a fraud."

  1. SolarMedia

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oops...

    Not sure what happened... It cut off the body for some reason.

    It should be they're, not their, if you want to be technical, testudo. ;-)

  1. ccsccs7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Spelling and punctuation

    Let's not forget to use quotation marks when it comes to citing words as examples. Makes it easier to see that it's a correction and not an odd statment. ;-)

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