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Author Topic: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?  (Read 60052 times)

Lycan

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2009, 08:28:43 AM »

Also I'd wager that 2/3 consumers of networking hardware can barely configure the units as they are let alone open source the units.

I'd also wager that 2/3 American computer users still don't know what Linux is. The Linux community, while growing with the advent of Ubuntu is still a very small percentage of the total whole.
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lotacus

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2009, 03:33:42 PM »

So then that leaves 1 extra open source unit sold over proprietary. :P
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EddieZ

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2009, 04:06:04 PM »

So then that leaves 1 extra open source unit sold over proprietary. :P

Nice try :-)
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Fatman

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2009, 08:29:03 AM »

I might also add that the even in the time when the WRT54G was suddenly strong the market due to a relative flood of open source love sauce, D-Link still wasn't hurting for it.

That day and argument is passed, the argument that it saves us on making and fixing firmware is a much better one.

Even that argument is flawed if D-Link still insists on shipping something with our logo on it with the router.

And to think I am on your side on this one, I would like to see a networking company who makes only hardware sometime in my lifetime.  The FOSS community is providing more and more of the relevant software, the world should take advantage.
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lotacus

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2009, 12:40:54 PM »

So what is being said then that it's not a D-Link product if D-Link engineers are not maintaining the firmware?

I think, both arguments are quite valid arguments, if done properly with corporate vocabulary and pie charts. :P

I'm just not the one to do so, and quite frankly wasn't really making it a serious topic but to stir up some past thoughts that got lost over the time. It's obvious it's not even close as a priority as others, and most likely not even on an old sticky  note under the ashes of stale cigerette butts.
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Fatman

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2009, 12:52:41 PM »

This is a subject that fits firmly under the heading of "If I ruled the world (or at least the local corperate one)"
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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2009, 07:53:01 PM »

I am glad to have found out the answer to my question  :)  The Ubicom CPU in the DIR-655 is why it runs proprietary code. 

While we may all wish to play Project Manager, there isn't any real chance of changing policy here, no matter how eloquent of persuasive the argument  :P  Having any code available between stable releases is a very generous effort made by D-Link and it's programmers.  I will continue to appreciate the work, and even more so the feedback to our questions.

Many thanks!

P.S. For those who want to know a bit more about your box, I found some info on the guts of the DIR-655 on smallnetbuilder.com and xbitlabs.com but I'm pretty sure it was based on the A3 or older models, since the teardowns were done in '07.  There is a Ubicom StreamEngine 5160 for its processor, Vitesse VSC7385 for the 10/100/1000 switch and an Atheros xspaN AR5008 chipset for wireless.  You can easily find more details, just by Googling or searching those sites.
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Lycan

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2009, 09:27:45 AM »

Those spec's are a1/2.
A3 brings a fresh new look to this years collection with a realtek switch CPU.
A4 is also looking ravishing with the "realtek" look but has decided to sport the updated Atheros 52XX card. (i think thats the right series, don't quote me.)
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Fatman

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2009, 09:32:39 AM »

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Lycan

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2009, 09:35:36 AM »

I was tempted to delete that post, but then there'd be no sign of me burning you.

so BURN.
Ha!
I win.
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Fatman

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2009, 09:36:49 AM »

Going to lock this one too?  Do EddieZ and I have to hand out in varied (Linux) to avoid your overmodding us?
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EddieZ

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2009, 09:37:08 AM »

And you're both sitting two booths away from eachother?
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Fatman

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2009, 09:43:52 AM »

And across a cubeway, it's my new proper name for the hallway between cubes.

How did you know?
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Fatman

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2009, 09:48:00 AM »

I have been Über for years, the forum just didn't acknowledge it until just now.  Though I intend to quit posting when I get to 1337.
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EddieZ

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Re: D-Link GPL/Open Source and DIR-655 Firmware?
« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2009, 10:59:46 AM »

Congrats EddieZ! Just noticed you became an Insane Member! You might as well work for D-Link  :P Next member level change is at 1337!

Thx, although the rank title can be interpreted in many ways  :-\

About working for Dlink....just learned that there are no employee discounts...that s.u.x.
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