The Jem Report: The Battle for Wireless Network Drivers

“BSD and Linux programmers have had a lot of success in creating
drivers for new computer hardware in a timely manner, but much of
their effort has been without the support of major hardware
manufacturers. Intel, Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom,
though separate and competing entities, seem by one consent to
prevent non-Microsoft operating systems from working properly with
some of their most widely-used network chips. To find out more
about this situation, I interviewed representatives from network
chip manufacturers and programmers from free software operating
systems. Their answers are below…”


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