Reaching out to hardware companies
papillion at gmail.com
Sat Oct 23 02:23:05 UTC 2010
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So I've been using Ubuntu on and off for a few years but recently
decided to devote my entire laptop to it in my effort to oust Windows
from my life as much as possible. So far, with a few exceptions,
everything works great even on my older (4 year old) machine.
The exceptions to the 'greatness' are: audio, wireless networking, and
some video (mostly Flash).
I know the old line about 'it's not Linux's fault, it's the hardware
vendors' and I understand that. But I'm wondering what kind of concerted
effort is being made to reach out to those vendors that do not support
Linux? I'm sure Canonical is actively working with many vendors but
could the community do more?
I'm considering starting a group with the specific goal of doing
hardware outreach. We'll interface with companies that don't support
Linux, we'll lobby them, we'll work with them in whatever capacity they
need us, and we'll even write the drivers if need be.
I'd like to get everyone's opinion on this approach. Is it something
worthwhile to pursue? What do you think?
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