[Herts] Interesting debate

Jason Clifford jason at ukpost.com
Sun Feb 1 19:04:57 GMT 2004

On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 dan at dankeeley.co.uk wrote:

> Not really; It happens a surprisingly large amount, and not just with
> hardware drivers - with software too.  The reason is - the Linux community
> like you for doing it - They dont care about lack of support, and it means
> you dont have to support it... A key issue for the manufacturer!  Imagine
> trying to support amateur linux users - it would be a complete nightmare.

No worse than maintaining amateur Windows users - indeed with Linux you 
don't have the nightmare of so many different major versions with drivers 
from so many sources with no oversight to prevent drivers killing each 

For Linux hardware support you only need the kernel module loaded properly 
and then it's a standard interface to manage the hardware.

> There's probably other reasons too - Such as maybe they use it internally! -
> Perhaps they find unix/linux better for testing the device!

Possibly however why are they distributing the driver in that case?

Jason Clifford
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