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: Great news... - Nvidia
by jabbotts on Thu 9th Sep 2010 18:27 UTC in reply to "Great news..."
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Credit where due and I must give Nvidia credit for at least providing a usable closed binary driver. It installs easily if the distro does not already have it packaged in a non-free repository. As far as companies who've chosen to go it alone and only provide a closed driver; Nvidia has done well. Many other company's have delivered piss poor token drivers if they've delivered drivers at all.

I sure wouldn't complain about them releasing source so that all effort can be focused on the existing code base instead of rewriting it under the Nouveau project. Drivers have no business not being open source and anything that makes general purpose hardware more general purpose software compatible is a good thing. I am currently waiting for some polish for Debian Squeeze packaged nvidia-glx for my GTX260 and polish for the Debian Squeeze packages xserver-xorg-video-intel for the Intel gpu in the Lenovo X201. Until those two items work I'm stuck with Nouveau's lack of 3D support for Nvidia and the Xorg Vesa driver which is sadly lacking compared to what my notebook GPU should be doing. I'm patient since Squeeze is still "Debian Stable 6 RC" with emphasis on Release Candidate at present but still, there is really no valid justification for the amount of hardware grief bad vendors cause.

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