The DDK is "free", or at least free in Microsoft speak. You have to pay for
"shipping and handling", but at $15-25 it is cheaper than the Linux books
being sold. Sounds like Mandrake doesn't like Windows.
"Stephen Williams" wrote in message
> Manoj Paul Joseph manojpurayidathil-at-yahoo.com |ntdev/1.0-Allow| wrote:
> > A couple of weeks ago, I tried to talk to the Mandrake
> > developers (email@example.com) about including
> > my Windows ext2 driver in their distro.
> > I was told that even though it is GPL, it is not
> > _free_ cause it requires the DDK, which is not _free_,
> > for compiling.
> > I think they are next going to declare that a software
> > is _free_ only if it runs on _free_ hardware!
> Different distribution vendors have different thresholds for
> pain. For example, my SuSE distribution includes acroread,
> which is not even available in source form at all.
> Many distributions, though, require as a prerequisite for
> inclusion that products on their disk can all be rebuilt
> using other products on the disk -- a complete whole -- and
> things that require a (rather expensive) MSDN subscription
> don't exactly fit that description.
> There is a *lot* of competition for Linux distributions, so
> you can pick the vendor who has an attitude you can work with.
> You may find that other vendors could be interested, or at
> least might bundle it seperately. (Some vendors have *extra
> stuff* disks or download areas.)
> SuSE and RedHat may be a little more "business like" and
> may be more receptive. RedHat in particular does do some
> Windows work.
> (*) If there were competing MS Windows distributions, the
> world would be a very different place.
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