Dear Fedora Community, what do you want?

Gabriel L. Somlo somlo at
Thu Jun 3 16:41:58 UTC 2004

From: Scott Sloan <devscott at>
> "Give me a list of what the Linux community is seeking as far as
> hardware support and I'll see if I can get some bodies working on it.
> With a convincing email or two and we should be able to get it done"
> I know nothing is for certain (besides: death and taxes  :) but I
> would
> like to write the email just to get the issue out there. so I'm asking
> What do we want from manufactures? Just great stable drivers? GPL
> drivers? And How can we convince them that writing drivers for Linux
> is
> worth their time?

All we REALLY need is for hardware manufacturers to keep their secrets
inside their hardware/firmware, and NOT the software drivers. And, for
them to publish detailed specs on how to drive the hardware.

If they do that, anyone with a clue can write a driver, and anyone
else with a clue can improve on it.

IMHO, the problem is that hardware shops like to hide things about
their hardware inside their drivers, or at least they use that as an
excuse not to publish detailed specs.

That's all I think we want. Oh yeah, and I also want a pony... :)


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