Improving FreeBSD's hardware compatibility
peterjeremy at optushome.com.au
Fri Jul 21 07:16:16 UTC 2006
On Fri, 2006-Jul-21 09:42:40 +0800, Intron wrote:
>Oliver Fromme wrote:
>>Yeah, most of which are crap. :-) The raw number of
>>drivers says _nothing_ about hardware vendors' support.
>This is a problem of code quality.
A driver that is effectively unusable is no better than no driver
at all. The FreeBSD prefers to expend developer resources on
providing a smaller number of drivers but have them actually work.
>But at least Linux community has so many volunteers/vendors to write
quantity != quality
On Fri, 2006-Jul-21 11:18:07 +0800, Intron wrote:
>3. Philips SAA 7130/7134, TV decoder
> This is one of the most popular TV decoder chips on the market.
>The data sheet can be obtained from the vendor, just as what Linux
>community has done.
You are wrong in two respects here.
a) The publicly available datasheet does not provide programming details.
The programming details are only available under NDA.
b) FreeBSD _does_ have a driver for this chipset, available from
download.purpe.com - which I am successfully using.
> Although not all data sheets have been publicized by vendors, but
>at least FreeBSDers can follow/keep up with Linux community, cannot we?
Feel free to contribute.
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