The Dell Latitude reality check
pgoetz at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Feb 17 01:45:01 UTC 2011
On 2/16/2011 4:07 PM, Paul Smith wrote:
> The problem is with the licensing of the _proprietary driver_. These
> drivers typically allow no-charge download directly from the vendor
> website, but the license includes terms that make REDISTRIBUTION illegal
> (without permission).
If that's the case, then the solution is option A: provide the user with
upfront information on the issue with this driver and how to obtain the
driver and then provide some mechanism (think Windows XP here) to vector
the driver into the install using a USB stick or some such device.
Not only will this provide a much better user experience, but it creates
consumer awareness of these driver issues. And who knows how many of
these first time installers will get irritated enough to contact the
hardware vendor and complain? in essence, a free opportunity to apply
pressure to vendors to provide open source or at least freely
distributable linux drivers.
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