"To Sun's credit, it has put together quite a nice PCI API
for kernel driver developers. It's much nicer than what I've seen
for Linux folks. The trouble is there's nowhere to go."
"Sun claims they have hit unforeseen legal problems in releasing
everything because third parties own some of Solaris' internal
code. That's understandable. But there's an awful lot of code that
was 100 percent written either at or for Sun, especially at the
network level. If it released that part right now, there could be a
great benefit for Solaris driver support. Until then, Solaris fares
poorly compared to the other free Unix-en when it comes to recent
"Conceivably, Sun could be worried about the Freenix folks
stealing Sun's valuable intellectual property. They might
appropriate Sun's presumed superior drivers and assimilate them
into other OSs. But in the realm of USB and the Personal Computer
Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA), Sun's already
inferior and getting worse fast. The only way for Solaris to be
competitive in those areas is for Sun to publicly release the
source and APIs to those components, so that people who want to can
write the appropriate drivers."
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