[LinuxBIOS] [RFC] Call for Action: LinuxBIOS foundations

Corey Osgood corey.osgood at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 21:41:26 CEST 2007

Joseph Smith wrote:
> Quoting "Nathanael D. Noblet" <nathanael at gnat.ca>:
>> Uwe Hermann wrote:
>>> The real problems (in my view) are:
>>>  1. Lack of developers
>>>  2. Lack of time
>>>  3. Lack of proper datasheets (for some/many chipsets)
>> I agree, but would add that #1 has a correlation to #3. I tried porting
>> a board over waaay back in the v1 days. With the limited information I
>> had because of #3, it never became a success. I've stayed on the list
>> because I'm quite interested in this area, but without proper #3, I'm at
>> a real loss as to how to proceed on any project, as I don't fully
>> understand some of what is going on the lack of #3 is meaning that I
>> can't actually be a developer most of the time.
>> --
> For me #2 is my main issue. Work & Family don't leave much time for LB:-(
> If only there were 48 hours in the day I would spend the extra 24 just on LB!!
> Thanks - Joe

I know the feeling. And it seems like every time I do have some time to 
work on things, something else comes up, or some piece of hardware 
fails. But 3 is also a huge issue as well, most of these companies 
aren't willing to hand out their datasheets to any old joe, especially 
not to be used in an open source project. Of course, more devs is always 
a desire in just about any project. Here, I don't think we could have 
enough devs to keep up with all the new hardware that's coming out, it 
seems like by the time a chipset is supported it's nearly obsolete.


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