Last Saturday 27 November 2004 21:36, Lee Revell was like:
Yeah, If I was the MD of RME, after reading some of the responses on this
thread I'd be thinking of flippin' the bird at all these ungrateful linux
users. We're a minority group and I think the onus is on us to convince RME
to produce a driver for their firewire hardware, politely and if necessary,
via the florists ;-). OK, so closed-source drivers are far from ideal, but
better than a hole in the head.
It means that the drivers can't be bundled with distros and we won't be able
to provide users & developers with technical support, which is a great shame.
However, I suspect a certain amount of well-reasoned persistence will pay off
here. Sure, our numbers on this list aren't great, but they are significant.
People are now migrating to GNU/Linux systems on a daily basis, even the
'newbies' on this list are probably considered to be 'computer gurus' amongst
their immediate circle of friends. This list is the tip of an iceberg.
OK, _very_ few people are using firewire technology for music, up till now I'd
considered it the preserve of mac/motu users. I think we should continue to
support RME where licenses allow and look forward to the day that they
release their firewire drivers :-). I think we should keep up the pressure on
manufacturers like MOTU too. They'll see sense eventually. ;-]
Mine is an equally naive viewpoint, but with the knowledge that a little bit
of positive thinking can go a long way, especially when backed up with a
well-researched wish-list and plenty of patience. Three years ago, I thought
owning my own DAW on next to no money was a bit of a naive pipe-dream.
Uh, ... be careful what you wish for! ;-)