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Is Foxconn deliberatley sabotaging Linux?

Anonymous Coward writes | about 6 years ago

Operating Systems 3

Anonymous Coward writes "A user on the Ubuntu forums posted a thread questioning the practices of the hardware manufacturer, Foxconn. From the Thread:
"I disassembled my BIOS to have a look around, and while I won't post the results here,I'll tell you what I did find.
They have several different tables, a group for Windws XP and Vista, a group for 2000, a group for NT, Me, 95, 98, etc. that just errors out, and one for LINUX. The one for Linux points to a badly written table that does not correspond to the board's ACPI implementation."
The worst part is Foxconn's insistence that the product is ACPI compliant because their tables passed to Windows work, and that Microsoft gave the the magic WHQL certification."

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Much ado about nothing. (0, Troll)

forgotten_my_nick (802929) | about 6 years ago | (#24333017)

From reading it, appears one person has their panties in a knot over what is most likely left over buggy code after developers were told to certify the bios on windows only.

Might have something about the compliant claim but the company clearly states not certified under Linux and as such would be enough for me not to use it.

AFAIK they have other boards that work fine.

Sabotaged by Microsoft or Foxconn ? (1)

coppermine (1329625) | about 6 years ago | (#24346429)

I know that this motherboard may not be certified as 'Linux compatible', but that does not mean it will contain "a badly written table (for Linux) that does not correspond to the board's ACPI implementation". This we call a 'Sabotage' or 'Anticompetitive approach'. This board is built by Foxconn, so Foxconn is definitely responsible for it. But can there by any contribution of Microsoft too? I suspect this, because, yesterday Asus launched their Eee 1000 in India, and Indian tech site Techtree published an exclusive interview of Benson Lin, president of ASUS Asia-Pacific Business. Here is the link:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/EXCLUSIVE_ASUS_Speaks_on_the_EEE_PC/551-91486-581.html [techtree.com] To answer the very first question, Benson Lin said - "Currently, we're closely tied up with Microsoft and the EEE PC with Windows XP would be available to the Indian market. However, the Linux alternative would be a possibility based on specific grounds." Can you imagine, Asus sold their first million of Eee PCs only with GNU/Linux to popularize it, and now saying that they will provide Linux only "on specific grounds" because they are "closely tied up with Microsoft"!! It's a shame ...... This case is only for 'India', but Gigabyte is going to follow the path of Asus 'Worldwide',with their M912. They promised a Gnu/Linux version of M912 tablet-netbook at Computex08 but now saying that there will be only two models with MS Windows Vista and XP. Windows XP is not even suitable with a touchscreen tablet. Do they have "close tie up with Microsoft" too? Why don't they sell a machine without any OS preinstalled? Isn't it interesting?

Re:Sabotaged by Microsoft or Foxconn ? (1)

Ephracis (904910) | about 6 years ago | (#24367039)

"This case is only for 'India'" Yeah, only the second largest population in the world. :P But you're right. They obviously have a table that would work much better on Linux, but it's only sent to Windows version now. Linux gets another table, full of bugs. So they are not stupid, they can write a (almost working) table. So why not send it to Linux as well? They are evil. Anyway, I checked my Asus P5K3 Deluxe/Wifi-AP with Intel P35 / ICH9R chipset. It has the same DSDT code. So what's interesting is how many boards this effects. This is something that we need to stand up against and make our voices heard. Not only do they not support Linux, they go even further: they sabotage Linux.
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