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* One of the very few vendors of laptop computers which don't force the user to purchase a copy of Windows.
 
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tranny chink
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you really stink
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you have a dick
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which i won't lick
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your tits are small
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just like your balls
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your ass is loose
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and full of juice
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tranny chink
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you really stink
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don't touch my nuts
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you fucking slut
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your wig is cheap
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it makes me weep
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you have no cunt
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you little runt
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tranny chink
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== Creative Technology ==
 
== Creative Technology ==

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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.


AMD

55py

Positive

  • AMD provided the technical details required for the open source BIOS project LinuxBIOS. They cooperating by releasing major chunks of their BIOS source code and making their technical experts available.
  • AMD is providing funding and open source device drivers to the Linux-based One Laptop Per Child project. [1]

Negative

  • Member of the Treacherous Computing Group. [2]


Apple

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Positive

  • Did eventually make their changes to KHTML available to the original developers, though in one big chunk.
  • Has open sourced quite a few of their applications (Bonjour, Launchd for instance)

Negative


Areca

55py

Positive

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


ASUS

Negative

  • Richard Stallman has said that ASUS are completely unwilling to co-operate with the FOSS community. [4]


ATI Technologies

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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 [5].
  • Unfortunately, the Linux drivers for their videocards are extremely buggy.


Atmel

Positive

  • Wireless help to FOSS [6].


Bigfoot Networks

Positive

  • The "Killer NIC" runs Linux (a modified version). [7] [8]


Billion

Positive

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


Broadcom

Negative

  • Broadcom's wireless cards are known to have several problems with Linux. [9]
  • Theo de Raadt of OpenBSD criticized Broadcom saying "Broadcom and Apple are the antithesis of free disclosure of information.". [10]
  • Member of the Treacherous Computing Group. [11]


Brother

Positive

  • Most of their printers are labeled as being supported by "linux".


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 Windows.

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tranny chink you really stink don't touch my nuts you fucking slut your wig is cheap it makes me weep you have no cunt you little runt

tranny chink you really stink i'd rather fuck a headless duck

Creative Technology

55py

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.

D-Link

55py

Positive

Negative

  • Conducting copyright violation. Using parts of the Linux kernel, violating the GNU GPL. (2006) [12]
  • 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.


Epson

Positive

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

Negative

  • Sues third-party ink cartridge manufacturers. [13]


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. [14]


Foxconn

Negative

  • Admitted it makes workers do an extra 80 hours overtime per month while the local labor law only permits 36 hours. [15] [16]
  • Suing journalists. [17]


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).

Negative

  • HP provides drivers for their products for proprietary operating systems, but very rarely for free operating systems.
  • Member of the Treacherous Computing Group. [18]
  • 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. [19]


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.


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. [20]


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). [21]

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 of the Treacherous Computing Group. [22]


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. [23]
  • Member of the Treacherous Computing Group. [24]


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)

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 of the Treacherous Computing Group. [25]


Lenovo

Positive

Their Thinkpad line of laptops are known to carry hardware that runs well with GNU/Linux.(comparatively to other laptops) [26]

Negative

  • Lowest score (1.3) of all on Greenpeace e-waste list. [27]
  • Member of the Treacherous Computing Group. [28]


Linksys

55py

Positive

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

Negative

  • Many Linksys 802.11g Wifi 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. [29]


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. [30]


Microsoft

55py

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 SCO with money during their FUD campaign against IBM and the Linux kernel. [31]
  • They are a convicted monopoly. [32]


Netgear

Positive

  • Works out-of-the-box.
  • Uses Atheros chipset, fully supported in Linux.
  • WG311T works with Mad-Wifi and supports Monitor mode.


Neuros Technology

Positive

  • Neuros devices use open source software and use open source methods in the development of their devices. [34]
  • Works with community to promote hacking of their products.
  • Provides code bounties to entice hackers into helping them improve their products.

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. [35]

Negative

  • Among the most aggressive lobbyists for software patents in EU [36]. 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 of the Treacherous Computing Group. [37]


Nvidia

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Positive

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

Negative

  • Required XFree86 to obfuscate open source driver to make it harder to maintain. [38]
  • 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, ie. 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 of the Treacherous Computing Group. [39]


pcHDTV

Positive

  • Their TV cards have open source device drivers. [40]


Plextor

Negative

  • Apparently negative against OSS.(Actively preventing end-users from having freedom) [41]


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. [42]

Negative

  • Ralink's Wi-Fi driver code appears to be buggy and endian-broken [43], 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. [44]
  • 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. [45]


Samsung

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Positive

Samsung provides GPLd drivers for their laser printers, along with a GPLd graphical installation program, all on the same CD that contains Windows drivers.

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. [46]


Sony

Positive

  • Member of the Open Invention Network (OIN).

Neutral

  • Linux is officially allowed to run on PS2 [47] and PS3. [48] [49]

Negative

  • Their subsidiary Sony BMG shipped audio CDs with the Sony XCP rootkit on them (2005). [50]
  • In 1999 Sony took legal action against bleem!, Sony started these law suits after they launched their policy 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).


Sun Microsystems

Positive

  • The UltraSPARC T1 processor is open design under the GNU GPL. [51]
  • OpenOffice is the Sun supported open source project derived from StarOffice.
  • Release Java under the GNU GPL.
  • OpenSolaris is now under an Open Source license.

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 of the Treacherous Computing Group. [52]


Tyan

Positive

  • Offers LinuxBIOS on all their Opteron based products? [53]
  • Offers Linux drivers on their website for some hardware on their motherboards. [54]


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