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Oct 09, 2010, 07:05 (5 Talkback[s])
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"The early to mid 2000s were good years for Linux. The influx of cash and general interest from major enterprise players like IBM, Oracle and Novell gave the flagship free software operating system an incredible boost in terms of popularity and -- more importantly -- adoption.

"But there was a dark side to Linux in those days. It was not spoken of widely, save for whispered mutterings in back-room Birds of a Feather meetings at LinuxWorld. It was something That Was Not Spoken, yet everyone who dealt with Linux for any length of time knew the penguin's dark secret.

"The secret, it can now be revealed, was the ridiculous lack of wireless networking card drivers for the various Linux distros.

"Scoff if you will, but few things were more aggravating than having a cutting-edge operating system on a high-end machine--only to be unable to connect to the Internet over the air because of a lack of drivers."

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