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Re: Dear Fedora Community, what do you want?

I want support for:

1. Wireless LAN - detected and configured automatically.
2. Sony camera, via USB port. Connect it and it automatically mounts. My current workaround is a card reader.
3. Sony network walkman (mp3 player, sort of). Uses memory sticks with 'magic gate' protection scheme, not supported by Linux. Must use Windows to load it up with songs.
4. Sony (see a pattern yet?) photo printer. I store photos on my linux-only home PC, but when I want to print them, I have to hook up the laptop.

I think it's inexcusable that a company the size of Sony is virtually ignoring the existence of Linux. I think I searched for "linux" on one of its websites and it came up empty.

Scott Sloan wrote:

I had a discussion with a friend about a week ago about Linux and
hardware support. Basically it was the endless loop that " Linux's
popularity is directly related to the amount of hardware support which
is based on it's popularity of the OS"

So I took the question to the other side of the fence to a friend who
works in high upper management, who's words carries a lot of weight, for
a highly respected hardware manufacture, well at least for printers in
my book.

"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?

Steven J. Brown
Value Line, Inc.
Business A*nalyst / Programmer
212-907-1650 (NY)
201-842-8019 (NJ)
sbrown valueline com

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