"Linville showed a chart of some wireless devices and whether or
not they used mac80211, and cited vendors for good or bad behaviour
in cooperating with the Linux community to get drivers out for
their hardware. Good corporate citizens, he said, include Intel and
Atheros, while Broadcom, concerned with regulatory issues around
opening up its hardware, refuses to help in any way. He repeatedly
suggested that we vote with our dollars and support wireless device
vendors who make an effort to support Linux.
"The regulatory issues, Linville said, are, unfortunately, "not
entirely unfounded." Regulations vary by jurisdiction, but the main
concern is about allowing device operation outside of the rules to
which they were designed. Vendors are expected to ensure compliance
with regulations on pain of being shut down. Some vendors, he
noted, proactively support Linux in spite of this."