The battle for wireless network drivers Written by Jem Matzan Dec
20, 2006 at 08:52 PM
"BSD and Linux programmers have had a lot of success in creating drivers for
new computer hardware in a timely manner, but much of their effort has been
without the support of major hardware manufacturers. Intel, Marvell, Texas
Instruments and Broadcom, though separate and competing entities, seem by
one consent to prevent non-Microsoft operating systems from working properly
with some of their most widely-used network chips."
Read the full story http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/293
It is a bit long but really worth it. The author has interviewed many of the
wireless chip manufactures and gives an insight into the issues surrounding
wireless card drivers for Free and Open Source Operating Systems. He
suggests the main issue is the lack of communication between the developers
and the manufacturers. Take this into account when you buy a new wireless
network card and support the companies which provides specifications and
documentation to the Free and Open Source Operating Systems developers.
PS: Sorry for cross-posting
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