Reverse engineering takes longer than a product cycle
Posted Oct 10, 2006 0:43 UTC (Tue) by gdt
In reply to: Device drivers and non-disclosure agreements
Parent article: Device drivers and non-disclosure agreements
Reverse engineering simply doesn't work. I own a Dell Latitude D600 with a Broadcom wireless MiniPCI card. The machine has reached the end of its extended warrranty, so is for essentially obsolete for use by enterprises. The wireless card still does not have a native Linux driver which will authenticate against an enterprise wireless network.
As fine as the technical work reverse engineering the Broadcom chip is, the fact that it needed to be reverse engineered at all is a systemic failure. Compounding this, the Broadcom 802.11a/b/g card is on the edge of being superceeded by a 802.11n card.
And no, I won't be buying machinery with Broadcom parts again.
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