[ Thanks to sjvn for this
“Everyone grumbles about Linux driver problems, but kernel
hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman actually did something about it.
Kroah-Hartman created a program by which open-source developers
would create drivers for hardware vendors even if their equipment
was proprietary. Over a year later, though, Kroah-Hartman has found
that the vast majority of hardware OEMs (original equipment
manufacturers) already offer Linux support.
“As Kroah-Hartman explains in his Linux Driver Project Status
Report as of April 2008, ‘The Linux Driver Project (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…'”