Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th May 2009 08:46 UTC
Intel Microsoft isn't the only company in the technology industry with a monopoly. Its partner in crime, Intel, has often been accused of monopoly abuse as well, and is currently under scrutiny by the same European Commission who fined Microsoft. Sources have told eWeek (which generally has a good track record) that Intel will indeed be found guilty this week of abusing its monopoly position to stifle the competition.
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RE[2]: Comment by flanque
by adkilla on Mon 11th May 2009 16:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by flanque"
adkilla
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2005-07-07

Broadcom does have partially open source drivers:
http://blogs.computerworld.com/new_linux_broadcom_wi_fi_drivers_arr...

You can get it here:
http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_sta/README.txt

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RE[3]: Comment by flanque
by kaiwai on Mon 11th May 2009 17:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by flanque"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06



That is a Linux driver, not an opensource one. I want a driver that is available on FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris as well as Linux. My personal preference is OpenSolaris and unfortunately Broadcom through its failure to disclose specifications or provide some platform agnostic way of delivering support results in me not being able to use AMD products at all.

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RE[4]: Comment by flanque
by darknexus on Mon 11th May 2009 18:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by flanque"
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2008-07-15

Broadcom through its failure to disclose specifications or provide some platform agnostic way of delivering support results in me not being able to use AMD products at all.

You mean AMD laptops or integrated systems. It most certainly doesn't prevent you from using AMD processors, at least there's no technical reason. Ideological, now, that's another matter.
Sad thing is that most new Macs use Broadcom too... and, in my experience, in addition to being very unfriendly to open source, their chips just aren't that good. My Macbook routinely drops Wifi connections both in OS X and Ubuntu, whereas my Atheros 928x-based wifi in my EEE 1000HE remains solid. Why AMD sticks with Broadcom when their chips are sub-par is beyond me.

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