"To make sure that Linux supports hardware, Greg
Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel developer and an engineer at Novell,
started a project, the LDP (Linux Driver Project), for open-source
developers to create hardware drivers for free for companies. You
don't even have to reveal your precious proprietary secrets to the
world. The programmers will keep those secret.
"It's been a very successful project. Last year, at the Linux
Foundation conference, Kroah-Hartman said, "LDP) is alive and well,
with over 300 developers wanting to participate, many drivers
already written and accepted into the Linux kernel tree, and many
more being currently developed. The main problem is a lack of
projects. It turns out that there really isn't much hardware that
Linux doesn't already support. Almost all new hardware produced is
coming with a Linux driver already written by the company, or by
the community with help from the company.""