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This is a list of computer hardware vendors with positive and negative criticism about how they stand ethically, environmentally, juridically, against competition, open standards, open source, etc.


Contents

3Com

Negative

  • Member (contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [1]


AMD

55py

Positive

  • AMD provided the technical details required for the open source BIOS project LinuxBIOS. They are cooperating by contributing support for their CPUs and chipsets to LinuxBIOS and making their technical experts available.
  • AMD is providing funding and open source device drivers to the Linux-based One Laptop Per Child project. [2]
  • April 2007. AMD donated two dual-core AMD Opteron servers to Groklaw. [3]
  • October 9, 2007. Joined the Eclipse Foundation. [4]
  • In 2007 AMD released 900+ pages of GPU specification documentation. [5]
  • In 2008 AMD released 3D programming documentation. [6]
  • In January 2009. AMD released R600/700 3D documentation. [7]
  • Gold Member of The Linux Foundation. [8]
  • May 2011. AMD to support coreboot on all future CPUs. [9]

Negative

  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [10]
  • January 2011. Deceptively use old previous-generation GPU in graphics card of the latest series with newest generation GPU. Radeon HD 5000 series Evergreen/Juniper GPU used in the Radeon HD 6750 card only. [11]
  • January 2012. Deceptively markets Radeon 6-series graphics card as 7-series for the OEM market. [12]

Apple

Apple.jpg

Positive

  • Did eventually make their changes to KHTML available to the original developers, though in one big chunk.
  • Has open sourced some of their software (Bonjour, BootX, HeaderDoc, Keychain, launchd, X11.app and XNU for instance).
  • Donated $1 million dollars to the families of September 11 rescue workers.

Negative

  • Very low score (2.7) of all on Greenpeace e-waste list. [13] (Worst as of December 2006). Has improved to 5.3, but still poor rating.
  • DRM shipped with hardware (notably iPod) without user warning.
  • Are responsible for the FreeType bytecode-interpreter software-patent trouble.
  • Threaten to sue bloggers. [14]
  • One of the companies that pushed DRM the most. DRM in iTunes, iPod and QuickTime.
  • iPod does not follow portable media player standards. Only works with few software such as iTunes and Winamp. Does not work well with third-party software.
  • Update kills unlocked iPhones.
  • In 2003 Apple sent a Cease & Desist Order to developer of Y'z Dock. [15]
  • In 2005 Apple filed a lawsuit against college student Nick Ciarelli who ran the 'Think Secret' website. As a result of the lawsuit, in December 2007 Think Secret was forced to shutdown.
  • In 2007 Apple lawyers send angry letters to Fake Steve Jobs. Intimidating him by saying if he don't comply and stop making information publically available they will sue him, and suggests he will loose his house, mortgage, car, boat and that his kids will loose their college funds. [16]
  • In 2007 Apple crippled their DTrace port so users cant use DTrace on iTunes, etc and other software that use P_LNOATTACH. [17] Also crippled GDB so that users cant debug iTunes, etc. [18] Apple have now (quietly) fixed this in Mac OS X 10.5.3. [19]
  • In 2007 Apple censorship. Apple deleted threads on the forum about defects in the 20" and 24" iMac displays. [20]
  • In 2008 Apple sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Hymn Project who host files to uncripple DRM-crippled content. [21]
  • Mac OS X only runs on Apple's own computers (vendor lock-in).
  • 2008. iPhone SDK forbids Ruby, Python, Perl, and Java. Alternatives web browsers such as Firefox are not allowed. VoIP will only be allowed over Wi-Fi, will be forbidden over cellular network. [22]
  • March 2008. iTunes auto-update tries to push Safari onto users. [23]
  • September 2008. Rejects software for the iPhone because it competes with their own software. [24]
  • September 2008. File patent, want to extend DRM to shoes. Does not want people to modify their shoes. [25]
  • November 2008. Apple uses HDCP copy protection on MacBook. [26]
  • November 2008. Apple sent a DMCA takedown notice to iPodHash project. [27] [28]
  • July 2009. Changes iTunes to prevent synchronization with Palm Pre. [29]
  • August 2009. Tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order. [30]
  • February 2010. Users who claimed to have jailbroken their iPhone had their accounts banned from iTunes.[31]
  • August 2011. Sued Samsung over Samsung Galaxy Tab.[32] Presented fabricated evidence to the court.[33]
  • December 2011. Transfer patent to shell company / patent troll to sue all phone manufacturers. [34]

Areca

55py

Positive

  • Provides open source device driver, included into upstream Linux.
  • Lots of software for Linux.


ASUS

Positive

  • ASUS Eee PC ships with ships with Linux pre-installed (a customized version of Xandros). [35]

Negative

  • Richard Stallman has said that ASUS are completely unwilling to co-operate with the FOSS community. [36]
  • Asus release "Vista Edition" motherboards with Trusted Computing chips (Treacherous Computing see [37]) [38]


ATI Technologies

ATI.jpg

Positive

  • ATI has provided Linux device drivers for their PC video cards/chipsets a long time.

Negative

  • ATI has been criticized for having closed-source Linux device drivers.
  • ATI is not allowing Xorg to publish open-source drivers for the X1000-series cards [39].
  • Unfortunately, the Linux drivers for their videocards are extremely buggy.
  • ATi's proprietary Linux drivers offer inconsistent performance between cards. Newer cards perform worse than older cards.


Atmel

Positive

  • Wireless help to FOSS [40]. Provides documentation without requiring a NDA.

Negative

  • Member (contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [41]


Belkin

Negative

  • In 2003 Belkin released a home-use wireless router which would occasionally replace users' HTTP requests with an advertisement for Belkin's filtering software.[42] [43] [44] [45] [46]
  • In 2005, supposedly GPL violations. [47]
  • In 2008. Astroturing on Amazon.com. Hired fraudsters to write fake positive reviews, and to mark any other negative reviews as "not helpful". [48]

Bigfoot Networks

Positive

  • The "Killer NIC" runs Linux (a modified version). [49] [50]


Billion

Positive

  • Unlike many vendors, Billion appear to have very comprehensive documentation freely downloadable for most of their products.


Broadcom

Positive

  • September 2010. Broadcom announces open source Wi-Fi driver for Linux.[51]

Negative

  • Broadcom's wireless cards are known to have several problems with Linux. [52]
  • March 2005. Theo de Raadt of OpenBSD criticized Broadcom saying "Broadcom and Apple are the antithesis of free disclosure of information.". [53]
  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [54]
  • Stock options scandal. On July 14, 2006, Broadcom announced it had to subtract $750,000,000 from earnings due to stock options irregularities. On September 8]], 2006 the amount was doubled to $1.5 billion. The company may also owe additional taxes. [55]

Brother Industries

Positive

  • Most of their printers are labeled as being supported by Linux. [56]

Canon

55py

Positive

  • Provided CUPS drivers for its printers. (They officially only provide CUPS drivers for Mac OS X. Has anyone gotten them to work with PPC Linux?)

Negative

  • Doesn't want to publish specifications for their products. Driver developers have to resort to reverse-engineering of proprietary Windows drivers. Canon scanners generally don't work in Linux. [not entirely true - LIDE scanners work well]


Clevo

Positive

  • One of the very few vendors of laptop computers which don't force the user to purchase a copy of Microsoft Windows.

Creative Technology

55py

Positive

  • November 2008. Creative finally open sources the X-Fi device drivers under the GNU General Public License (GPL). [57]

Negative

  • Sound Blaster X-Fi have no Linux device drivers.
  • Patented hierarchically sorting music in a menu system.
    • Sued Apple for their iPod.
  • Uses MTP for many of their media devices, which is a useless protocol Microsoft invented to help them have more control for Digital Restrictions Management, and it helps them tie devices to Windows only. Free software hackers have to reverse engineer the protocol.( http://libmtp.sourceforge.net/ ) There is no reason to use MTP, USB mass storage works great.
  • Charging Audigy owners for the Alchemy device driver software.
  • Released deceptively-named SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio, which is in fact only a Sound Blaster Audigy SE! [58]

D-Link

55py

Positive

Negative

  • Conducting copyright violation. Using parts of the Linux kernel, violating the GNU GPL. (2006) [59]
  • D-Link network products used Stratum 1 time-servers. This activity violated accepted practices and caused trouble. (2005)
  • Their Router/Modem products can be configured only by special software, which has a proprietary license, and runs only on proprietary operating systems.
  • November 2008. D-Link DIR-655 Firmware 1.21 uses DNS hijacking to sell subscriptions. [60] The "feature" can be disabled, but is enabled by default.

Epson

Positive

  • Provided CUPS drivers for its printers.
  • Provided SANE backend for its scanners.

Negative

  • Sues third-party ink cartridge manufacturers. [61] [62]


ETEN

55py

Negative

  • Do not supply any information about the chips used in its smartphones. They don't even reply to e-mails.


FIC

55py

Positive

  • FIC is developing the first really open source smartphone powered by Linux. [63]
  • Started OpenMoko. FIC is manufacturing the first OpenMoko phone, the Neo1973.


Foxconn

Negative

  • Admitted it makes workers do an extra 80 hours overtime per month while the local labor law only permits 36 hours. [64] [65]
  • Suing journalists. [66]


Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Positive

  • Specializes in environmentally friendly green PC's.
  • Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation. [67]
  • 2010 or 2011. Joined Open Invention Network (OIN).

Hewlett Packard

Positive

  • HP has donated hardware to several large Open Source projects, such as the Debian Project.
  • For their printers and multifunctionals, they have a SourceForge project to provide Linux drivers which is packaged with most Linux distributions.
  • Donated servers many times to kernel.org, the Linux kernel archives. (2005, 2006).
  • In 2007, HP made open source software, FOSSology. [68]
  • Corporate patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). [69]
  • Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation. [70]
  • Gold Sponsor of the XMPP Software Foundation (XSF). [71]
  • In May 2008. Donated server to Jabber. [72]
  • 2010 or 2011. Joined Open Invention Network (OIN).

Negative

  • HP provides drivers for their products for proprietary operating systems, but very rarely for free operating systems.
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [73]
  • Intentionally don't allow end-users to have freedom with their "LightScribe" technology which allows the laser in the CD-RW or DVD-RW drives to etch designs on the cover side of discs. They don't give documentation for this so free software can't be written for these drives. [74]
  • Bundles their computer with a bunch of pre-loaded junk.
  • November 2008. HP tries to hide its pricing from customers and open-source competitors. Contacted open-source project Groundwork and told them to stop revealing pricing. [75]

Hifn Inc

Positive

  • The company is very interested in open source support for their devices, and has sponsored a number of efforts to increase support for these devices.

Negative

  • Key pieces of information for the latest devices have not been disclosed without open source incompatible Non-Disclosure Agreements. There appears to be some kind of power struggle behind these contradictory behaviours.


Hitachi

Positive

  • Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation. [76]

Negative

  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [77]
  • March 2009. Hitachi Displays Ltd got fined $31 million for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the sale of TFT-LCD panels sold to Dell, Inc. [78]

Hynix Semiconductor

Negative

  • In 2004-2005 an investigation was carried out into a worldwide DRAM price fixing conspiracy during 1999-2002 that damaged competition and raised PC prices. As a result, Samsung is to pay $300 million fine, Hynix was to pay $185 million in 2005, Infineon: $160 million in 2004. Micron Technology cooperated with prosecutors and no fine is expected. [79]


IBM

55py

Positive

  • Linux / FOSS friendly. Open source is a key thing that IBM sells, and it employs a lot of people to work on open source. Its FOSS software includes Eclipse.
  • A member of the Open Invention Network (OIN). [80]
  • Corporate patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). [81]
  • Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation. [82]
  • Member of the OASIS Foundation. [83]

Negative

  • IBM is, however, the largest holder of technology patents, particularly including software patents, and the biggest lobbyist to maintaining the status quo on acceptance of software patents.
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [84]

Infineon Technologies

Negative

  • In 2004-2005 an investigation was carried out into a worldwide DRAM price fixing conspiracy during 1999-2002 that damaged competition and raised PC prices. As a result, Samsung is to pay $300 million fine, Hynix was to pay $185 million in 2005, Infineon: $160 million in 2004. Micron Technology cooperated with prosecutors and no fine is expected. [85]
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [86]


Intel

55py

Positive

  • Intel GMA graphics chipset has mostly open source device drivers. GPL/MIT for most parts. HAL part not released.
  • Developing open source Linux drivers (e100/e1000 network drivers for example)
  • Corporate patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). [87]
  • Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation. [88]

Negative

  • Paid money to Skype to enable 10-way conference call only for Intel dual-core processors. Feature not available on AMD dual-core processors.
  • In 2005, following an investigation, the Japan Federal Trade Commission found Intel guilty on a number of violations.
  • Allegedly uses systematic use of secret rebates, special discounts, threats, and other means to lock AMD processors out of the global market.
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [89]
  • January 2008. Was member of the OLPC project but undermined it, tried to sabotage deals and make own deals. [90]
  • May 2009. Fined a record 1.06 billion euros ($1.45 billion / £948 million) by the European Competition Commission after being found guilty of anti-competitive practices. [91]

Lenovo

Positive

  • Their ThinkPad line of laptops are known to carry hardware that runs well with GNU/Linux.(comparatively to other laptops) [92]
  • Ranking quickly improved on Greenpeace e-waste list and is now (April 3, 2007) number one.[93]

Negative

  • Lowest score (1.3) of all on Greenpeace e-waste list.[94] (August 2006)
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [95]


LG

Negative

  • December 2008. LG Display Co. (LG) pleaded guilty to participating in a worldwide conspiracy to fix the price for TFT-LCD and was sentenced to pay a $400 million criminal fine. [96]


Lexmark

Negative

  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [97]
  • Locked its printers using a microcontroller so that only authorized toner cartridges could be used. [98]


Linksys

55py

Positive

  • WRT54G router is almost open-source, it uses the Linux kernel.

Negative

  • Many Linksys 802.11g Wi-Fi cards use the proprietary Broadcom chipset, including the WRT54G router.
  • Model version not included in boxes.


Matrox

Positive

  • Linux device drivers for the G550 graphics cards are supposedly open source, though the HAL is not. [99]


Micron Technology

Negative

  • In 2004-2005 an investigation was carried out into a worldwide DRAM price fixing conspiracy during 1999-2002 that damaged competition and raised PC prices. As a result, Samsung is to pay $300 million fine, Hynix was to pay $185 million in 2005, Infineon: $160 million in 2004. Micron Technology cooperated with prosecutors and no fine is expected. [100]


Microsoft

55py

Positive

  • Released WiX, WTL and FlexWiki as free open source software under the CPL (Common Public License).
  • Released IronRuby and IronLisp as free open source software under the Microsoft Public License.
  • July 2008. Sponsored the Apache Software Foundation. [101]
  • 2008. Sponsored the SourceForge.net 2008 Community Choice Awards. [102]
  • November 2008. Released Silverlight Tookit as free open source software under the Ms-PL. [103]
  • January 2009. Microsoft releases Web Sandbox as open source software under the Apache License 2.0. [104]
  • April 2009. Released MVC extension of ASP.NET as open source software under the Ms-PL. [105]
  • July 2009. Released a Hyper-V device driver for the Linux kernel under the GNU General Public License. [106]
  • November 2009. Released Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool under the GPL. [107]
  • November 2009. Open sourced the .NET Micro Framework under the Apache License 2.0. [108]
  • September 2010. Microsoft CodePlex.com donates $25,000 to Mercurial project. [109]
  • October 2010. Released NuPack, a open source software under Apache License.[110]
  • November 2010. Announced the F# compiler and library source code drop under the Apache License. [111]
  • June 2012. Azure tools for Linux as open source under Apache License. [112]

Negative

  • Wants to crush free/libre software since it poses a threat to their business model and they want to make as much money as possible regardless of whether is tramples on others freedom or not.
  • Fueled the SCO Group with money during their FUD campaign against IBM and the Linux kernel. [113]
  • They are a convicted monopoly. [114]
    • May 18, 1998, United States v. Microsoft antitrust case. [115]
    • In March 2004, the EU ordered Microsoft to pay €497 million (US$613 million), the largest fine ever handed out by the EU at the time.
    • On July 12, 2006, the EU fined Microsoft for an additional 280.5 million euros, 1.5 million euros per day from December 16, 2005 to June 20, 2006.
    • In February 2008, fined €899 million ($1.337 billion) for failure to comply with the 2004 antitrust ruling. [116]
  • Halloween documents.
  • Using FUD strategies, breaking standards using their Embrace, extend and extinguish strategy, use of proprietary protocols and file formats.
  • Huge list of Microsoft lawsuits
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Microsoft
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [117]
  • Charges money for patches. [118]
  • Tried to get the creator of Minix to sue Linus/Linux, essentially by persuading a writer to insert something into a book. [119]
  • One of the companies that pushed DRM the most. DRM in Windows Media Player (WMP) and Zune.
  • In 2007, encouraged (stated they had expectations) partners in Sweden to join SIS and vote "Yes" to the Office Open XML as an ISO standard in the last minute. Over 20 companies (all Microsoft Gold Partners) joined in the last minute to vote. Microsoft promised that they would receive "market assistance" and "extra support in the form of Microsoft resources" for doing so. [120]
  • Computers were labeled with "Windows Vista Capable" stickers though they worked poorly and only with Windows Vista Home Basic. Specifications were lowered because Microsoft wanted to let Intel continue sell the old 915 series of chipsets. [121]
  • Users with modified Xboxes had their Xbox banned from Xbox Live.
  • 2008, Planning to get pro-Microsoft people to sign-up and pose as "independent" in OOXML panel. Praising Microsoft/OOXML, and bashing OpenDocument Format. [122]
  • February 2009. Sues TomTom for use of FAT file system in their Linux-powered products. [123]
  • April 2009. Regulators in Germany fined Microsoft Deutschland GmbH with a €9 million fine for price-fixing and anticompetitive manner. [124] [125]

NEC

Positive

  • Corporate patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). [126]
  • Platinum Member of The Linux Foundation. [127]


NetApp

Positive

  • Gold Member of The Linux Foundation. [128]

Negative

  • Sued Sun Microsystems and demanded that they unfree ZFS and retract it from the free software community. [129]


Netgear

Positive

  • Works out-of-the-box.
  • Uses Atheros chipset, fully supported in Linux.
  • WG311T works with Mad-Wifi and supports Monitor mode.
  • Lifetime warranty. [130]
  • October 2009. Announced WNR3500L router. Powered by Linux. Can run open source firmware. [131]

Neuros Technology

Positive

  • Neuros devices use open source software and use open source methods in the development of their devices. [132]
  • Works with community to promote hacking of their products.
  • Provides code bounties to entice hackers into helping them improve their products.
  • Wants to make TV open to all. Free media. [133]

Negative

  • Uses proprietary TI DM320 hardware which keeps their documentation of low-level hardware and source of proprietary codecs and drivers under non-disclosure agreements. They are however working on making open source codecs and drivers.


Nokia

55py

Positive

  • Nokia's Maemo platform for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is built using GNU/Linux (Debian-based).
  • Sponsored several Open Source projects related to telecommunications, like the Affix Bluetooth protocol stack for Linux and Python for S60-based smartphones.
  • Highest score (7) of all on Greenpeace e-waste list. [134]
  • Corporate patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). [135]
  • Silver Member of The Linux Foundation. [136]

Negative

  • Among the most aggressive lobbyists for software patents in EU [137]. Although Nokia has pledged not to enforce their software patent portfolio against the Linux kernel, they have done nothing to backup these words (eg: dedicating patents, or issuing a patent license for use in the kernel). Thus, this promise could be revoked at any time. Further, they have made no such promise with regards to other software, neither free nor proprietary.
  • Has a long history of refusing and obscuring hardware details, especially in order to sell their Cellular Data Suites.
  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [138]


Nvidia

Nvidia.gif

Positive

  • Provides (although closed-source) graphics drivers for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.

Negative

  • Required XFree86 to obfuscate open source driver to make it harder to maintain. [139]
  • Refuses to provide specifications for their chipsets. Hence Free drivers are very difficult to engineer.
  • Provides (closed-source) graphics drivers for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.(impedes work of x.org developers, i.e. AIGLX/XGL) Binary drivers are very bad for many reasons listed here: http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog/2006/12/pragmatic_questions_about_bina.html
  • Nvidia is an enemy of your freedom, since they don't give documentation for their registers and other specs for their cards so people can write free software drivers for their hardware.
  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [140]
  • SLI only works on motherboards with Nvidia chipset. CrossFire does not work on motherboards with Nvidia chipset. Vendor lock-in. Locking out competition.
  • Nvidia disable PCI Express peer-to-peer writes if two non-Nvidia graphics cards are detected at boot.
  • Deceptively renames old graphics cards to name of the new generation. Renamed 8600 to 9600, and 9800 GT to GTS 240. [141] [142]
  • September 2009. Nvidia disables PhysX when a ATI graphics card is present in the system. [143]

OCZ Technology

Negative

  • Deceptively markets their DRAM memory with non-relevant bogus labels such as "SLI certificated".
  • Much of their products are just rebranded products.

pcHDTV

Positive

  • Their TV cards have open source device drivers. [144]


Plextor

Negative

  • Apparently negative against OSS.(Actively preventing end-users from having freedom) [145]


Q-Tec

Negative

  • Power supplies are of bad quality.
  • Specifications for the power supplies are deceptive.


Ralink

Positive

  • One of the few Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers that provide documentation without a non-disclosure agreement, and the unrestricted right to redistribute and use the firmwares for their products. Because of this their devices are well supported by open source drivers, making them a favourable choice for Linux and BSD users. [146]

Negative

  • Ralink's Wi-Fi driver code appears to be buggy and endian-broken [147], and having yet to be fixed, it has eluded inclusion in the mainline Linux kernel.


Rambus

Negative

  • Joined JEDEC then refused to follow the JEDEC patent policy and left and stole intellectual property such as SDRAM and DDR from JEDEC which they patented and used to sue members of JEDEC. In May 2001, Rambus was found guilty of fraud for having claimed that they owned SDRAM and DDR technology, and all infringement claims against memory manufacturers were dismissed. [148]
  • On August 2, 2006, the Federal Trade Commission overturned McGuire's ruling, stating that Rambus illegally monopolized the memory industry under section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and also practiced deception that violated section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.


Realtek

Positive

  • OpenBSD developer Theo de Raadt praised Realtek for having lots of documentation. [149] [150]


Samsung

Samsung.gif

Positive

  • Samsung provides GPLd device drivers for their laser printers (which do not work), along with a GPLd graphical installation program, all on the same CD that contains the device drivers for Microsoft Windows.
  • Sponsored development of Enlightenment.[151] Released coder under LGPL-3.

Negative

  • In 2004-2005 an investigation was carried out into a worldwide DRAM price fixing conspiracy during 1999-2002 that damaged competition and raised PC prices. As a result, Samsung is to pay $300 million fine, Hynix was to pay $185 million in 2005, Infineon: $160 million in 2004. Micron Technology cooperated with prosecutors and no fine is expected. Samsung plead guilty. [152]
  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [153]
  • In 2007. Samsung corruption scandal in South Korea. [154] [155]


Seagate Technology

Positive

  • 5 year warranty on their hard disk drives.

Negative

  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [156]
  • Sued SSD manufacturer STEC. Does not produce any SSD. Litigates because scared of new technology. [157] [158]
  • January 2009. Barracuda 7200.11 series are defective and have serious problems. Seagate is trying to silence it down by deleting posts on the forum about complaints. [159] [160]

Shuttle

Positive

  • Janary 2008. Shuttle Inc announce at CES the small-form factor computer KPC which is a Linux based system. [161]


Sony

Positive

  • Member of the Open Invention Network (OIN).

Neutral

  • Linux is officially allowed to run on the PlayStation 2 [162] and the PlayStation 3. [163] [164]

Negative

  • Their subsidiary Sony BMG shipped audio CDs with the Sony XCP rootkit on them (2005). [165]
    • Committed copyright infringement. The rootkit contained code from free software that were released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  • In 1999 Sony took legal action against bleem!, Sony started these lawsuits after they launched their campaign to prevent any developer shipping software that runs PlayStation software. Although bleem! won all of its court cases the time and money lost during the cases caused the company to close down in November of 2001.
  • Sued Hong Kong import/export firm Lik-Sang who had sold imported PSPs to UK customers before the UK release date. Lik Sang was forced out of business.
  • They refuse to sell laptop computers without Windows bundled (2006).
  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [166]
  • Made up a fictional film critic to consistently give good reviews. [167]
  • Sony threatens to pursue legal action against PS3 hackers. [168]
  • 2008, October. Playstation Network Gets Revised, More Restrictive ToS. Not allowed subaccounts for friends, only your kids. Cant tell anyone on the network your real name. Automatic updates may remove data and functinoality from your PlayStation. [169]
  • 2010. Removed the "Other OS" feature from PlayStation 3. Refuses to refund. [170]
  • January 2011. Sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub demanding the removal of 6 repositories. The repositories were related to jailbreaking or homebrew development for the PS3.[171]

Sun Microsystems

Positive

  • The UltraSPARC T1 and T2 processor are open design under the GNU GPL. [172]
  • OpenOffice.org is the Sun supported open source project derived from StarOffice.
  • Release Java under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  • OpenSolaris is now under an open source license.
  • Open Firmware is now under an open oource license (BSD).
  • Donated three Sun Fire V20z servers to the CentOS Linux distribution. [173] (2006)
  • Corporate patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). [174]
  • Silver Member of The Linux Foundation. [175]
  • Member of the OASIS Foundation. [176]
  • Released many open source software, like ZFS, DTrace, OpenSSO, Squawk, GlassFish, OpenDS, OpenSolaris, NetBeans, Lustre, Sun Grid Engine, xVM.

Negative

  • Historically, Sun have been two-faced in their open-source support. They deliberately license Solaris to be GPL-incompatible and senior executives have spread Linux-related FUD. Fortunately, this appears to now be behind them.
  • Member (Promoter) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [177]

Tyan

Positive

  • Offers LinuxBIOS on all their Opteron based products? [178]
  • Offers Linux drivers on their website for some hardware on their motherboards. [179]


VIA Technologies

Positive

  • Provides open source device drivers for its S3 Chrome series hardware. [180]
  • April 8, 2008. VIA announces they improve open source device drivers. [181] [182]
  • May 2008. VIA released frame-buffer code under the GPL. [183]
  • May 2008. VIA OpenBook has an open design where the external panel CAD files for the VIA OpenBook Reference Design are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license. [184]
  • July 2008. VIA employs Linux kernel developer Harald White. [185]
  • July 2008. VIA publishes three programming guides. [186]
  • November 2008. VIA/S3 released 2D/3D graphics documentation for developers. Partners with OpenChrome project. [187]

Western Digital

Positive

  • My Book series of NAS disks runs Linux.

Negative

  • Member (Contributor) of the Treacherous Computing Group. [188]
  • WD Anywhere Access deliberately disallows the sharing of common multimedia file. [189]


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