Please don't change Beastie to another crap logo suchasNetBSD!!!
laszlof at tvog.net
Thu Feb 10 06:11:33 PST 2005
Anthony Atkielski wrote:
>Ted Mittelstaedt writes:
>>The only real issue I see to FreeBSD's survival that requires
>>corporate attention is device drivers for new hardware. And this is an
>>issue that harms all operating systems even Windows. There are just as
>>many older versions of Windows being made unrunnable by new hardware
>>that lacks drivers for it, as BSD versions.
>Don't hardware manufacturers publish specs detailed enough to allow
>third parties to write drivers?
In a perfect world, Yes. In reality. No. A lot of hardware manufactures
feel that they only need to support the 75% of the world that runs a
proprietary OS. (this 75% figure was pulled out of my ass, it doesnt
mean anything, just a representation) There is a general lack of support
for the "Free" world from corporations developing hardware, this is one
of the major downfalls in using Free software. (should say a Free OS,
and not software in general) This is partially due to marketing and
promotion of the OS in question. Take a look at a few major linux
distributions for example. Lets say Fedora and SuSE. They have far
superior hardware support than say slackware, or even FreeBSD for that
matter. Why? Because they have major corporations backing them. With
funding, promotion, etc... What does FreeBSD have? I dont have an answer
for this yet. I'm not trying to start a flamewar, so dont take it that
way. Just my 2 cents.
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