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OpenMoko's New Endeavor: Giving Out IDs

Free Software

Published on 22 May 2012 07:57 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
3 Comments

With the OpenMoko project being largely irrelevant these days and not vigorously pushing new software or hardware, the OpenMoko company has resorted to giving out USB IDs and MAC addresses.

OpenMoko really isn't doing much these days and they have a large surplus of USB IDs under their vendor ID and MAC address block. With them likely going to waste otherwise, they've turned to handing them out to anyone working on open-source hardware/software that could benefit from some IDs.

Registering a USB vendor ID normally costs around $2,000 USD while a block of MAC addresses costs $1,600. With there being large sums of IDs left under the OpenMoko Inc company, they're looking to freely dispose of them for worthy open-source causes.

Additional details are available via Harald Welte's blog.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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