"In this case, Neterion has reluctantly said that it will produce a non-HAL driver if that is the only way to get into the tree; other vendors may not bother."
Let those other vendors not bother, then. I will not bother to purchase from them. The Linux kernel hackers have done a lot for me without requiring a thing in return, beyond adherence to generous license terms. (There's no way I could pay them what their work has been worth to me). If a vendor wants my cash, that vendor must make the kernel hackers happy as well as me.
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