[PLUG] 1st Open PC avail end of Feb!

Steve D... blitters at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 10:50:15 PST 2010

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 9:54 AM, m0gely <m0gely at gmail.com> wrote:
> Steve D... wrote:
>> Do you want to buy from Dell,
>> HP, Apple, ect. and get 0% Open Source and no chance of Open Source in
>> the future,
> Explain this please.

  Intel creates Customer Reference Boards (CRB) that they license to
their customers, Dell, HP, ASUS, whatever.  The CRB includes chip
information, CAD board design, BIOS, and other software needed to be
"Designed for Windows".

Like this...

Embedded Design Center

  The PC suppliers license these CRB boards and create their own
design.  Maybe swapping in an Nvidia video chip and a Broadcom LOM
into the design.  The final board design is cross-licensed and
copyrighted by several companies.  The design is a very company
confidential piece of information.  The BIOS firmware and other code
is also cross-licensed and copyrighted.

  The final design has around a 0% chance to become Open Source.  A
company would need to get a sign-off from every copyright holder, for
every line of code, board layer, and PCB trace.  It ain't going to

Steve D...

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