"The USB support in the world of Linux is much more
freewheeling than at Microsoft. The Linux USB software has been
created by a largely self-appointed team of programmers, who feed
batches of code to the main kernel project.
Greg Kroah-Hartman maintains the USB software, and David
Brownell has been leading the USB 2.0 work. Companies also help
out: Randy Dunlap from Intel has worked hard on USB for Linux,
while Compaq Computer contributed code to let devices be plugged or
unplugged while the computer is still running.
USB 2.0 devices available include hard disks from La Cie and
Maxtor as well as CD-RW drives from Iomega, La Cie, Sony, Yamaha,
Plextor and others.