[opensuse] vote on Lenovo

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Tue Sep 18 05:34:31 UTC 2007

Felipe Figueiredo wrote:
> Something that has always made me curious is this: it seems to me that
> most, if not all, linux's drivers were created by reverse-engineering
> hardware - at least all examples I can think of. Do you, or anyone
> else for that matter, know of any example, for a change, in that a big
> company released a useful API so that this all-recurring suggestion
> could be finally used?

There are companies who actively participate in kernel development. E.g. 
Intel has projects on sourceforge for their WLAN stuff. Others have 
released useful hardware documentation. Realtek comes to mind (maker of 
ethernet chips). And just a few days ago AMD started do release 
documentation for their latest (?) graphics cards.


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