Freescale Linux BSP review

Piotr Gluszenia Slawinski curious at
Wed Dec 22 12:30:21 PST 2010

> it would take until a beta driver appears? 1 year? 2 years? And what will happen
> in the meantime?

plainly.some other company will take over the market, and sell products 
with open drivers available.
in meantime arm devices can still be used for i.e. dataloggers, especially
without linux support their market price drops significantly.

i really see no big deal here. it happened before with nvidia -
don't you recall how much their hardware lost in it's value ?
upgraded cards were given-away as buggy and unsupported in linux,
and had very short-life in 2nd hand market.
compare it to i.e. SGI machines which are still circulating and are 
valued, even though their opensource support is actually not so brilliant, 
and hardware performance even worse...

nowadays companies like ARM are again fishing in the same market - people 
who once invested big bucks in nvidia, are now thinking twice.
and it's not really related with opensource - notice how many unsatisfied 
customers turned away from _proprietary_ solutions , tired with messy 
service packs, remote exploits, long-uncorrected bugs, and dropping of 
support for whole OS solutions, leaving users with expensive support 
options and unstable systems behind.

i think if new ARM/freescale products will not have decent opensource 
support now, they will not only loose opensource market, but will not get 
the profit from proprietary market basing on previous 'success' of 
similiar solutions due fact users simply learnt their lesson.


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