A way to en­cour­age hard­ware com­pan­ies to sup­port *BSD

In multimedia@ we have a dis­cus­sion about the envy24* chips. One ques­tion is how to con­vince com­pan­ies to provide some tech­nic­al in­form­a­tion or at least free hard­ware samples. As part of the an­swer I poin­ted to http://​www​.bsdstats​.org/ which may be able to provide some num­bers (e.g. envy24* chips without a match­ing driver) which may help in ne­go­ti­at­ing some stuff with a com­pany. Un­for­tu­nately not many envy24 chips show up there. Part of the prob­lem may be that not enough people run the bsdstats port (and en­able peri­od­ic re­port­ing of at least the devices).

So do you have any un­sup­por­ted hard­ware (not only lim­ited to sound­cards) or some hard­ware which is still up-​to-​date but lacks some fea­tures in the driver (this is at least the case for all re­cent sound­cards like envy24* or HDA based ones)? Fine, run bsdstats and en­able the peri­od­ic re­port­ing. Maybe we are able to get enough num­bers to show to com­pan­ies so that they think it would be fin­an­cially be­ne­fi­cial to sup­port us in some way (free hard­ware, docs, tech­nic­al hints, whatever).

Oh… while we are at it, the ALSA people ad­ded sup­port for some envy24 based cards based upon the re­verse en­gin­eer­ing ef­fort which was needed to write our driver as it is now. So if you are work­ing for a com­pany and read­ing this: if you sup­port us, you get the Linux stuff for free too. 🙂 And as an ad­di­tion­al bo­nus, you can show a work­ing driver without any bad leg­al strings (e.g. GPL in­fec­tion) to OEMs. So go and cal­cu­late how much sales you can do with em­bed­ded stuff and come back to us with some tech­nic­al hints and/​or free hard­ware (it costs some few bucks for you to provide this: not much if it fails but a large amount of re­turn if it works out).

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