Please don't make it sound like Linux has poor hardware support
Posted by: Anonymous
on August 17, 2007 01:42 PM
I don't like it when articles start by implying the poor hardware driver situation for Linux. There's no other operating system with nearly as good hardware support as Linux, and most drivers are Free and Open Source. When it comes to wireless network cards I have tried about ten different, and all of them worked. Some of them needed ndiswrapper, I admit, and that is a problem, but at least I could use them.
I do of course agree that it is a problem that harware producers don't share information with the Free Software community, so we can have Linux drivers for any hardware at once, but it's nevertheless a success that the Free drivers are produced eventually, without such cooperation.
Otherwise I like the article, with accurate information about how to use ndiswrapper and the Broadcom firmware cutter. Except I would like to remark that the bcm43xx driver is a Free driver. The firmware can't be open, since that would enable people to set the cards to illegal frequencies. But Broadcom hasn't helped making the Free drivers, and even sabbotage them by not allowing distribution of the firmware.