On Thursday 27 July 2006 19:34, Renich Bon Ćirić wrote:
First one has to open an effective channel of communications in order to
get close enough to somebody who would know what an NDA is, something I've
tried several times over the decades with only one success, usually you
find somebody co-operative who makes you think you might have a chance at
getting some assistance, but 3 days later you call back to confirm a
detail and that person has been fired or transferred out of that dept.,
primarily one suspects for the simple act of getting too close to the
However, Renish, if you are not representing Akai in this, then why the
Akai is going to want to know why you want to know all this stuff, and just
to play cma, I wouldn't even try to put a coat of varnish on it. Tell
them straight up that the hardware is great but the OS sucks and you want
to fix it, writing it from scratch in a clean room scenario, meaning you
will never see a copy of their src, just the specs that writing to such
and such an address writes to what register, and what every bit or byte
written makes it do what. AIUI, then you can GPL it, or if no GPL'd
libraries or anything like that is used, you could make it proprietary.
But we both know you'll get a lot more help if its open and GPL'd.
And, just to get some stability, for every register you write to using
their specs for whats written vs whats supposed to happen, I'd take the
time to verify that the results you get and their specs agree. I've found
more than one bug, a couple of them fairly serious, in the hardware using
that exersize it all technique.
I expect you will do whatever and however you want in any event, so I'll go
away and see if my rocking chair still rocks, or something. :)
People having trouble with vz bouncing email to me should add the word
'online' between the 'verizon', and the dot which bypasses vz's
stupid bounce rules. I do use spamassassin too. :-)
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