Broadcom Email 1-Airport Extreme

Concerning Releasing Airport Extreme Source Code …

This is the first set of my email dialogs with Broadcom concerning Free Software support (or lack thereof) for hardware they produced. I’ll let you decide if they are unco-operative. In the interest of keeping the correspondence in as pristine condition as possible, I’ve left them in WinTel email form, or lack of form. I’ve added a few editorial comments in red.

Subject: RE: Feedback
Date: August 18, 2004 9:27:22 PM MDT
To: ######@#####

Hi Maurice,

As the chipset supplier, Broadcom provides driver support to our
customers–the manufacturers of wireless devices–that ultimately provide
products to end customers, such as wireless LAN vendors, cable modem
vendors, and notebook providers. It is up to these manufacturers to provide
product-specific drivers and software support to their end customers [Says who?]. Please contact the manufacturer of your wireless device for their current drivers
[That’s you, since it’s broadcom who makes the chipset!].

Danny Crouch


—–Original Message—–
From: maurice [mailto:######@#####]
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 1:25 PM
Subject: Feedback

Name: maurice
Email Address: ######@#####

Feedback: I forgot to say that what I’m asking here for is that you release
your source code for the airport extreme to the opensource community (linux
and BSD community) in full.


I want t let your company know that I do not appreciate that my new ibook
with airport extreme has a proprietary driver for airport extreme. You make
the mistake of assuming that all ibook users will want to use OS X. Well,
thet is not true. There is a growing umber of people that buy apple
hardware simply for that, the hardware (not the hardware). Thus, in keeping
your drivers proprietary you do a dis-service (to put it mildly) to apple
customers. In doing so you steal from us the opportunity to use our legally
bought hardware in the manner that best suits us. This amounts to nothing
less than a theft of our freedoms. You company’s modus operandi is, to my
understanding, contrary to the rulings promoting interoperability that have
occurred in and around MS’s accusation of establishing a monopoly (not to
mention that our company’s model stifles the advancement/improvements
through democratic exchange of ideas). Have this clear, monopolies are not
democratic, in fact they are a threat to one’s democratic ideals and akin to
a tyrant driven model.


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