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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by coreyography on Fri 10th Sep 2010 20:05 UTC
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Did Broadcom also release hardware specs and documentation, enough to write a driver from scratch? The BSD developers I read tend to favor that approach more so they can write their own drivers.

Broadcom's opening their drivers is a good first step, and I applaud them for it. Hopefully they will start doing it for some of their other hardware (like that video codec coprocessor they have).

As for nVidia, I bought an ATI card for my last desktop I built, since they had recently released their hardware specs, in order to support them. The open-source drivers didn't have full 3D functionality yet, so I used the fglrx ones -- and had terrible luck with them. System crashes, display corruption, various things. Went through several updates and finally got so frustrated I bought an nVidia card. Binary blob or no, the thing just worked -- no muss, no fuss. I hope the ATI drivers have caught up, as some have commented, but unfortunately I cannibalized the card's fan, and I now can't find the screws to the heatsink. 3rd-party sinks don't work due to the card vendor taking liberties with component layout ;)

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