Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2009 16:07 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux We already discussed David Finch, Dell's senior product marketing manager for Linux clients, last week. We missed, however, some more interesting statements by Finch; Dell is looking into the ARM-based netbook smartbook market, and close to a third of all of Dell's netbooks ship with Linux.
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Re: drivers
by thebackwash on Mon 17th Aug 2009 18:43 UTC
thebackwash
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2005-07-06

Well isn't the idea that if there is such a demand for F/OSS drivers that *someone* in the community will provide them? One manufacturer's failure to provide such drivers does not diminish the freedom already existent, provided by other like-minded individuals.

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RE: Re: drivers - need the specs
by jabbotts on Tue 18th Aug 2009 00:37 in reply to "Re: drivers"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

If there is such a demand then some self motivated developer or group of them will work on it. The bigger issue is having to reverse-engineer the interface specs to write the drivers against. Really, all hardware vendors need to is provide the hardware interface specs to one of three groups and the hardware will become supported by the majority of Linux and/or BSD based platforms:

- Linux project (primary support is in the kernel)
- Xorg (more for GPU support behind the graphic desktop)
- Linux Driver Project (a coordinating effort provide community liaisons for the hardware vendor)

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