"Over the years, there's been an onslaught of devices using all
kinds of components, not all of which bundle a Linux driver.
Despite this, long-time kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman claims
that the Linux kernel supports more devices than any other OS ever
has done. This is mostly due to the Linux Driver Project, which is
run by Kroah-Hartman.
"The project has several hundred volunteer developers who offer
to write and maintain free software drivers for any company. The
advantage of free software drivers over proprietary products is
that you can usually copy the code required from drivers for
similar hardware, saving considerable time and effort.
"Fedora's Frields thinks that the rapidly growing number of
drivers is only natural. Since Linux has gained so much traction in
key markets, there's more justification for the hardware vendors to
look at the landscape, weigh the numbers and realise that they can
easily justify the resources to develop a free software driver that
opens up the market to millions more customers."