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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RE[3]: Comment by spinnekopje
by spiderman on Tue 20th Apr 2010 13:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by spinnekopje"
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For windows I can browse the website of the vendor and download all drivers from there.
My wireless atheros card does _not_ work correctly on linux. Some of my card readers don't work like they should (not hot pluggable without tweaking).
A much larger group of users will be able to install a driver from the vendors website, but won't manage to tweak settings to make a card reader work (and after an update that might not even work at all).
That is because you purchased a computer for Windows and tried installing linux on it. Windows won't install on my Gdium because the processor is MIPS and that is not supported at all by Windows.
Actually, 90% of the people are not able to install Windows on a computer, let alone install drivers. They buy is pre-installed. This is the same for linux. The OEM didn't have any trouble with the broadcom wireless chip of my netbook but I suspect 90% of the people would not be able to install it themselves.

I can send bug reports for closed source software, so I don't see why the community shouldn't be able to help.

Oh yes, that we can indeed. I didn't think about that. Another way to help is to ask them to open their driver so we can integrate it in mainstream distros.

But I see your point. It is still good news that they did the driver. It's better than before. Many people will be happy with that. I just expect more.

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