"the fact that distributions are telling people to remove a working open source in-kernel driver"
But they're not. From my understanding, the advice from distro fora and such comes from other users, not from anyone official at the distro.
I don't recall ever seeing any bugs that were closed with "here's a workaround, use ndiswrapper" -- at the most, the closed-source drivers might be suggested as an interim solution until the open-source drivers are fixed.
I'm pretty sure most users will be happier getting to use their shiny new network card with proprietary drivers than not using it at all, and between replacing a distribution or replacing the network card, I can guess what most people will pick.
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