|| ||"Dave Airlie" <airlied-AT-gmail.com>|
|| ||"Roland Dreier" <rdreier-AT-cisco.com>|
|| ||Re: Free Linux Driver Development!|
|| ||Wed, 31 Jan 2007 09:14:44 +1100|
|| ||"Greg KH" <greg-AT-kroah.com>, "Jeff Garzik" <jeff-AT-garzik.org>,
> > There was a wireless-mini-summit a week or so ago, so those developers
> > all know what is going on in that space right now. They are facing a
> > number of different regulatory issues, combined with lack of
> > specifications from some vendors. I don't think that the developers who
> > actually have specs are complaining about anything right now.
> OK, one last reply before I give up on this thread...
> 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, http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/products/wireless/)!
> 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.
> 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.
I'm sort of with Roland on this, the timelines aren't usually worth it
for a company to bother especially with complicated hardware, the time
taken to do a community graphics driver for any GPU where specs have
been available approaches infinity, unless the vendor actually does
the driver or pays someone to do the driver the hope of a community
supported driver reaching maturity while the product is still
available is slim.... for anyone desparate to start writing device
drivers, XGI have recently dropped a load of specs for their cards,
I'm not seeing anyone other than the usual GPU ppl step up an do
anything and as I said the time it takes a single volunteer to write a
GPU driver is a lot longer than the card...
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