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Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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RE[5]: Comment by jigzat
by lemur2 on Sun 16th Sep 2012 07:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by jigzat"
lemur2
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My point is that GNUL has always have a harsh relationship with some hardware vendors while Microsoft and Apple have a symmetric relationship with them, they get hardware ahead of everybody else, they even demand features and get specially optimized compilers while GNUL (developers) has to HACK the hardware and do reverse engineer to find out things that big vendors like Apple and Microsoft already know.


In actual fact, there is less and less hardware these days which Linux kernel programmers have to reverse engineer.

Some companies, such as Intel, write open source drivers for Linux for their hardware.

http://www.intel.com/cd/corporate/icsc/apac/eng/teams/331393.htm
http://intellinuxgraphics.org/
http://software.intel.com/sites/oss/

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/09/broadcom-releasing-fully-open-so...
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/broadcom-yes-broadcom-joins-t...
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/behind-the-open-source-turnar...

Some companies, such as AMD/ATI, provide programming specifications so that open source developers can write drivers for Linux:
http://www.x.org/docs/AMD/
http://www.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature
http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page#Abo...

"We are a group of Linux kernel developers (over 400 strong) that develop and maintain Linux kernel drivers. We work with the manufacturers of the specific device to specify, develop, submit to the main kernel, and maintain the kernel drivers. We are willing and able to sign NDAs with companies if they wish to keep their specifications closed, as long as we are able to create a proper GPLv2 compliant Linux kernel driver as an end result."

Some companies only go half-way to true GPL-copyleft open source, but developers can still write drivers for Linux:
http://www.malideveloper.com/developer-resources/drivers/open-sourc...

Linux drivers where the developers have to reverse-engineer hardware do still exist:
http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/FeatureMatrix
... but such drivers are most decidedly in the minority these days. It is a relatively simple matter to avoid hardware, such as nvidia graphics, which still require reverse-engineered drivers.

Edited 2012-09-16 07:55 UTC

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