2020: Will BSD and Linux be relevant anymore?

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Thu Jul 21 17:19:17 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:21:47PM -0400, Daniel Feenberg wrote:
> Doesn't the NDIS specification offer a reasonably stable ABI for wireless 
> drivers?
> I have often thought that supporting NDIS would offer manufacturers a sort 
> of "halfway house" to ease them into proper support for FreeBSD and Linux. 
> While it is inferior to open source drivers, it would attract users, and 
> with users manufacturers would feel pressure to have better support, which 
> would best be achieved with open-source drivers.

I agree that would probably be a productive approach to improving
wireless support over time.  I do not know the technical challenges
associated with getting that working in FreeBSD, though, or how well it
would actually work in practice.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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