Takashi Iwai wrote:
> At Wed, 10 Mar 2004 11:28:39 +0100 (MET),
> Clemens Ladisch wrote:
> > 
> > AFAIK drivers for ATI hardware are developed in a similar way (ATI
> > gives specs under an NDA, the resulting driver is open source).
> > 
> > Takashi, is that right?
> yes.  but just make sure that you will release the driver source codes
> under GPL even after you get the datasheet under NDA.  that is, the
> information there can be used as a public form.
> (thus, in many cases, you don't need even NDA - it's just a question
>  of trust.)
> BTW, the firmware binary is not a part of the driver, so it's not
> necessarily in the GPL form.  it can be distributed as a binary.
> i think many companies are afraid of opening their DSP source codes
> rather than the driver codes.  it's no problem if the DSP is apart
> from the driver.
> Takashi

I think we've to split the theme to different parts.

- an usb driver for the Noah with the capabilitiy to use both usb
configurations (control and midi/audio) at the same time.

-an another (pci)driver to support the creamware DSP-cards.

- an user-space application to manage the different cards, devices and
uploadable plugins

As I understood Willie, the drivers aren't a subject of the NDA.

The NDA covers only the details of the user-space application.

Hartmut Geissbauer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

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