[Bug 1] suggested patch - search engine for "free hardware" systems

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 10:59:07 UTC 2007

On 05/07/07, Mark Shuttleworth <mark at canonical.com> wrote:
> Even a really good vendor like Intel still has the odd propietary blob
> (on the way out, but still there).

Sorry to wander further off-topic, but this really intrigued me:

What do you mean by "on the way out"? My primary concern now is the
wireless drivers. Most laptops that i could find where i live have
Intel a/b/g wireless cards, which Ubuntu considers restricted. When i
popped a 7.04 live CD into a Toshiba laptop in a store, that's the
only restricted driver it complained about. I can feel more content if
i buy this one knowing that some day there'll be a true free driver.

However, when i googled for "linux wireless driver blob" i couldn't
find anything substantial. There were mostly stories on making one for
OpenBSD and they also said that it will probably not work for Linux.

Or did Intel announce that they are releasing the source?

(Please excuse my cluelessness. I know that it's all hard work and i
don't expect kernel hackers to produce a driver just for me; i'm just
a curious monkey tring to follow the Free Software ethic.)

Microsoft has a majority market share
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