[LinuxBIOS] Vendor contacts - how to proceed

joe at smittys.pointclark.net joe at smittys.pointclark.net
Fri Nov 23 04:15:04 CET 2007

Quoting Carl-Daniel Hailfinger <c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net>:

> Hi,
> it seems we finally have achieved our goal of active vendor
> participation, that is, we don't have to beg for data sheets anymore,
> but vendors come to us with code and ask how they can help us.
> That's really great!
> Here's a preliminary non-exhaustive list of code areas and involved
> vendors (additions/corrections welcome):
> Processors:
> - AMD contributes code
> North-/Southbridges:
> - AMD contributes code
> - SiS contributes code
> Super I/Os:
> - Winbond has offered help
> Flash chips:
> - Macronix has offered help
> The "fast feedback, fast commit" way of dealing with code contributions
> has been very successful since we practice it, so I'd like to continue
> that way.
> That leaves us with the task to formalize (or at least establish
> guidelines for) contacts with vendors who have offered help.
> Suggestions:
> * Single point of contact which will not bounce/reject mail and
> guarantees speedy and/or confidential response.
> * E-mail address should be @linuxbios.org and forward to a unmoderated,
> spam-filtered, non-public list.
> * Once somebody of us picks up the vendor contact, he will continue with
> it or delegate explicitly.
> * Do we want to give vendors a telephone number for further inquiries?
> * Do we want to keep a list of the locations where we live/work (no
> precise address, only area)?
> Reasons why I raised the last two points: I have gotten inquiries from a
> vendor who would like to meet us face-to-face or at least organize a
> conference call to better understand our mission and how to help us.
> That's great and I'd like to tell them: "Yes, we care, we can set up
> something."
> Regards,
> Carl-Daniel
That's great. We should add something like this to a vender contacts  
wiki page. I think it should be up to each vender contact on what  
information is shared. Especially since the web is public access.

Thanks - Joe

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