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RE: [Xen-users] Purchasing only the Windows PV drivers for Xen

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  • From: "David Morris" <david.morris@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 12:23:10 -0700
  • Delivery-date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 12:23:39 -0700
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  • Thread-topic: [Xen-users] Purchasing only the Windows PV drivers for Xen

> XenSource already has PV drivers, so I guess they already have all 
> information needed.

XenSource is a business with bills to pay. I am continually astounded that 
folks who expect to be paid a salary expect others to provide software for 
free. To release a product means there needs to be a business case which at 
least covers the costs. 
> As above, XenSource already has PV drivers, so if they paid for it, 
> they've paid already.

But they haven't paid the costs to isolate those drivers for release outside of 
the current context.

In any case, to develop device drivers for Windows requires the Platform SDK 
which can be downloaded from MSDN for free. Pick your favorite IDE and have at 

To those who want drivers and claim the competence to support themselves, step 
up to the plate and write the drivers and then convince the folks who pay your 
salary that you should release them for free. That in the end is what open 
source is about ... everyone contributes and everyone benefits.

Dave Morris

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