OLS: The state of Linux wireless networking
Posted Aug 2, 2008 5:20 UTC (Sat) by proski
In reply to: OLS: The state of Linux wireless networking
Parent article: OLS: The state of Linux wireless networking
Customers will install different drivers, even if they don't see the difference. However, it's likely that the drivers will have different bugs.
One device is not necessarily better of worse for a particular purpose. For instance, support for 802.11a is irrelevant if no 802.11a APs are used. However, some customers (and more importantly, reviewers) may discover that a particular device is better at a particular task.
You are right, retailers may not like it. That's why so many manufacturers are doing it. That's why asking nicely is not sufficient.
The issue is orthogonal to Linux, by the way. Even if all users are going to use Windows and the vendor drivers, they are still entitled to be informed of essential changes in the product they are buying.
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