TAIPEI -- Richard Stallman, one of the main forces behind the GNU/Linux
operating system and the free software movement, is in Taiwan on a new
front -- to get the island's PC makers to release source code for their
drivers.
"We just need the information about what their drivers have to do," Stallman
said during a speech at the National Taiwan University in Taipei on
Wednesday. Then GNU software writers can create code for open source
systems, he said.
Last month, two Taiwanese makers of graphics chips released the source code
for some of their drivers to the open source community.
Via Technologies and XGI Technology both released source code for some
products, mainly graphics chip and display drivers. The idea is that
developers will be able to use the code to create drivers for operating
systems not supported directly by the vendors.
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