Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:49 UTC
Linux Efforts to bring glitzy new graphics to Linux are fueling an old conflict: Does proprietary software belong in open-source Linux? The issue involves software modules called drivers, which plug into the kernel at the heart of the open-source operating system. Drivers let software communicate with hardware such as network adapters, hard drives and video cards.
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Ahhh...yes; wireless cards. I sometimes forget wireless support is so dodgy in Linux (I use an IBM ThinkPad which uses the Intel chipset). I think this falls squarely in the market size issue. There's really nothing special worth protecting in a wireless driver. In fact, for all of the brands of wireless gear out there, almost all of them use chipsets from a small handful of providers. It'll come eventually; until then reward those manufacturers who use Linux friendly components.

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