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SunWorld: Who's got the drivers?

Sep 25, 2000, 07:05 (3 Talkback[s])
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"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 hardware support."

"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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