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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by Darkmage on Fri 10th Sep 2010 01:52 UTC
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This doesn't just leave nvidia, there's still all the tv tuner companies that don't have open drivers or drivers in general. Look at Philips among other manufacturers. Sure now you can buy any laptop and get support for most of the hardware but if it has TV tuner support in most cases you are still screwed. For video card support Linux needs the open source stack to implement things like opengl 4.1. Why would nvidia open their driver so their competitors can start offering opengl 4.1 and cuda? The community should already have implemented this stuff in the open source drivers.

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