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[9]: Great news...
by Gusar on Mon 13th Sep 2010 08:25 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Great news..."
Gusar
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AFAIK, kernel modesetting is a requirement within the design of X itself in order to have "rootless X" on Linux.

It's a requirement with open drivers. But this has nothing to do with the nvidia blob (which BTW, does modesetting in the kernel too and always has, just not via the KMS interface). Again, with nvidia you only need access to /dev/nvidia*. All the other stuff about "not being able to ship the driver" you write, while true, is completely irrelevant regarding this.

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