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SubjectRe: Free Linux Driver Development!
Roland Dreier wrote:
> Sure, Ralink drivers will get upstream eventually. But by the time
> the drivers get merged, Ralink will have stopped making the chips that
> it supports (or so I read,!
> I don't think that taking a year or two to merge a driver is going to
> impress a vendor, especially since the reverse-engineered Broadcom
> wireless driver is probably going to go upstream at just about the
> same time.

You mean the bcm43xx wireless driver that's been upstream for months?

> An uncharitable vendor might decide it's not worth publishing specs,
> since the Linux guys can reverse engineer the Windows driver just as
> fast anyway.

Most vendors are likely to focus on examples that are in the statistical
(and competitive) majority, where publishing specs led to a driver
supported by an enterprise distro.


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