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...
by vivainio on Thu 9th Sep 2010 18:32 UTC in reply to "Great news..."
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That pretty much leaves only nVidia as the only idio^h^h^h^h company holding out on us.

You can easily get by with Nouveau already.

Granted there are other graphic card options that make an nVidia announcement less important than this one.

So far it's been easy to avoid broadcom. As an example, a Dell laptop I got offered the option to choose either intel or broadcom wlan chip.

Netbooks seem to ship with Atheros cards that work great now.

I imagine that some OEMs have told Broadcom that they will do their hw sourcing elsewhere because of the driver situation - all big companies have Linux savvy people around at places where their voice gets heard.

Wifi chip is a cheap commodity, and I can't think of anything special that Broadcom could offer that would justify choosing them over anything else.

But it will be nice when the day finally comes that closed hardware is no longer an issue and we can concentrate on competing with closed solutions higher up the stack.

How does closed hardware prevent this?

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RE[2]: Great news...
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 10th Sep 2010 04:37 in reply to "RE: Great news..."
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It's easy as long as the PC is Intel based. AMD based stuff get stuck with Broadcom networking chips more often then not.

Maybe now AMD PCs won't give me heartburn when I think about buying one.

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