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Re: [opensuse-factory] Problem with openSUSE 11.3 for systems with Broadcom BCM4312
  • From: Hans Witvliet <hwit@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:24:53 +0200
  • Message-id: <1279009494.13663.37.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 2010-07-13 at 07:46 +0200, Daniel Rahn wrote:
On Mon, Jul 12, Ken Schneider - openSUSE wrote:
Ah yes, I forgot that you would rather that companies give up their IP
then you accommodate them in the kernel. Sorry.

Implying that Greg is not supporting big companies to integrate their
drivers into the Linux kernel is clearly ignoring reality.

Other comanies have already shown that protecting IP and writing good
opensource kernel drivers does not exclude each other, even in the
wireless driver area.

Totally agree.


The issue here is Broadcom's driver and its license, not Greg's or any
other kernel developer's position.

I am actually mildly surprised to see people value prorietary
closed-source drivers for pretty cheap hardware more than the hard work
kernel developers have invested into the Linux kernel, most of them in
their spare time.

Their might be a fair chance that people too late find out that it is't
going to be an easy ride. And once they do have the hardware it's not
fine to find out their hw won't work.

It used to be non-existent, but nowadays you see more and more product
with tux printed on the box. So there is a broad job for our
evangelists. (and even then, there are a bunch of products with tux,
that don't work ;-)

btw, it is certainly not limited to wireless-nics.
[usb-nics, sata/scsi-cards, video, .....]

Perhaps another good job for the community to have an up-to-date
hw-compatibility-list ?

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