Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 17:40 UTC, submitted by kragil
Linux Ahem. I just had to write that all-caps headline. Broadcom's wireless chips - used by just about everybody in this industry - have been a major pain in the bum for Linux users, because the company did not release open source drivers. Workarounds had to be created, lots of pain was had in the process, but now, Broadcom has finally seen the light: they have open sourced their wireless Linux drivers.
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RE: Quality
by Neolander on Thu 9th Sep 2010 22:02 UTC in reply to "Quality"
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In my opinion, they are now pretty much both of same quality.

On Windows, you download the same amount of crapware, and you have a fairly low failure rate (except for new technologies like Optimus that always have a fairly high failure rate).

On Linux, ATI drivers now work much better (haven't seen them failing in a while, except for window rendering mistakes, though they used to be nightmarish), while NVidia drivers sometimes won't work on hardware marked as supported (especially laptop chipsets) for no reason.

A better level of quality can now only be achieved through better standardization (in hardware interface and in Linux API), test-driven development, massive open sourcing, and more user feedback, in my opinion.

Edited 2010-09-09 22:02 UTC

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