A Linux Driver Project status report
Posted Apr 8, 2008 6:11 UTC (Tue) by djabsolut
Parent article: A Linux Driver Project status report
Perhaps one of the reasons for the perceived lack of drivers for Linux is that to many people Linux == a Linux distribution.
Getting a driver into the kernel does not automatically make the hardware useful. No matter how much I alter my Fedora 8 setup, I still can't get the audio to work on my laptop. The kernel driver loads fine, but something in the elaborate wrapper mechanism for the driver (PulseAudio + etc) is screwing things up.
Additionally, Xorg requires it's own drivers, and there is no denying that there is a lack of drivers for Xorg, e.g. recent ATI and NVIDIA chipsets. (As a sidenote, it would be useful to move this stuff out of Xorg and into the kernel).
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