When we say that we are The Open Designers we stand by that promise
My personal beliefs is that every single tiny piece of software in existence should be released under a Free Software License that the Free Software Foundation support.
This goes from the software that guides pilots in for landing on the new dreamliner, to the very Basic fundamental firmware of just about every Computer the BIOS.
talking about BIOS i am in the middle(hopefully not the end) of a conversation with intel about their proprietary BIOS firmware and here is the Emails.
(Copied from Email,order goes my reply to intel their reply to my original message,them quoting my original message.
“I know that BIOS code is not like writing an OS device driver, however it is really not that much effort to make it free, can you explain why you persistently refuse to make your BIOS code free.
is it that difficult to release the full source code under an Free software foundation supported license? its only adding a few lines of text,then just uploading the code to a website.
even with the magnitude of different BIOS systems you have you are more than capable of leveraging the Free Software community for your own benefit and getting people improving your BIOS code at no cost to you.
One of the reasons computer manufacturers disallow a third party BIOS is because they often feel that it is your responsibility to manage the BIOS firmware,they should play no part.
well there is not that much point of a stub of an “open source firmware” that intel happens to sponsor, it will not cause any harm to fully free the BIOS it will as i have already said enable you to gain a much wanted range of third party developers.
reqfields: first name,last name,email
subject: Company question
first name: Gregory
last name: Oakley-Stevenson
country: United Kingdom
form subject: Free Bios
questions: Hi Intel,
Please can you cooperate with a fully free BIOS.
As plenty of other people have told you a Free bios will help you in many ways.
Developers who happen to be end users can improve your bios for you,this is perhaps one of the greatest things.
Even if you do not accept any persons input please respect people’s freedom, we should be allowed to freely modify any part of our computer, from the OS(GNU/Linux) to the bios(Intel’s bios when made fully free)
You argue that it harms your company, you don’t exactly get that much from bios licensing fees do you?, and is the freedom of your end user customers not at all important to you?
ignoring that argument if you said that we would brick our computers, that may be so but that is a risk we should choose to take,it should not be chosen for us that we should not be allowed.
As soon as i possibly can i will move to coreboot http://www.coreboot.org/
unless you can beat me to it by making your bios well and truly.”