Zoltán HUBERT wrote:
On Friday 22 June 2007 00:29, Jesper Juhl wrote:
You might think it's easy for me to simply "use" Linux
and complain while you're doing the hard stuff. As it
happens, the current development/stable model makes our
life as "users" more and more difficult.
In what way?
Well, I'm using SuSE Pro 9.3 (excellent choice by the way),
coming with kernel 2.6.10-SuSE, on a ATI laptop, and the
drivers privided wouldn't compile (suspend & freinds). The
SATA disks were only supported from 2.6.15 (which just came
out), so I had to edit the "source code" of a closed source
driver to make it all work well. If that's "easy" for you I
doubt it is for 99.999% of earth's population. "World
domination" is far away.
Also, the 7 National Instruments cards I'm using for a
deformable mirror in Adaptive Optics in an industrial PC
are "certified" for SuSE 9.3 only. Which, this week, got
discontinued. So what now ?
You either stick with SuSE 9.3 forever, or you
*try* something newer to see if it works,
or you pay the manufacturer to certify something newer.
This problem isn't linux specific - hardware vendors tend
to support software that is current at time of sale, then
the world moves on without them. This happens
for all operating systems.
I don't think you'll find very
many people on this list who gives a damn about the
troubles of closed source driver developers.
and what about their users ?
Users of closed-source drivers get their support from
the closed-source vendor - not from the kernel developers.
It is that simple.
Again - this is how all operating systems works.
If you have closed windows 3.1 drivers, then microsoft do
*not* make sure they work with vista either - unless
the device is extremely mainstream. For all other devices,
the device manufacturer have to provide updated drivers.
If your vendor don't want to support you anymore, try getting
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