One common complaint about Linux is its lack of support for newer hardware. Never mind that it supports every ISA card ever sold. What people care about is the new stuff that they can buy *now*. It seems to me that the kernel devs consider new drivers, and by extension, the skills of the programmers writing them, to be crap. I'm not sure that attitude will be good for Linux in the long term.
But determining to try to get the stuff into the mainline tree is a positive action, regardless.
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