Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Apr 2010 13:10 UTC
Linux We all know Synaptics, the company that seems to produce just about every touchpad you can get your hands fingers on. Their touchpads also do a lot of multitouch and gesture stuff, but up until now, their set of gestures, the Synaptics Gesture Suite, was only available on Windows. Luckily, they've ported it over to Linux, and made it available for OEMs building Linux laptops.
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by spinnekopje on Tue 20th Apr 2010 10:59 UTC
spinnekopje
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2008-11-29

Linux can only gain a lot of market share when hardware just works, just like it does on windows.
The easiest way to achieve that is by drivers from the manufacturers themselves. I do understand those when they create closed source drivers, they want to protect their product.
I also do understand the people who want open source drivers, because I do see the advantage of that.

But if a company creates a closed source driver that actually works pretty good, why not help to improve it instead of complaining that it is not open source?
If the company gets a lot of support to improve the driver, they might also create drivers for future products and who knows, maybe open the source up in a nearby future.
If they only get complaints that have nothing to do with the driver quality at all what reason do they have to invest more money?

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