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[News] OEMs Will Transform State of Wireless Support in Linux

  • Subject: [News] OEMs Will Transform State of Wireless Support in Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 12:28:00 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
The Open Source Solution to Solving Linux Wi-Fi Problem

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| The Future of Linux Wireless is Going to Be OEM. The future of wireless for 
| Linux distributions is OEM . It's just a matter of putting wireless into  
| marketplace, while avoiding compatibility issues. In short, it provides an 
| immediate reward to those vendors who choose to provide a ready-to-go 
| notebook bundled with Linux. We have seen this with a variety of small time 
| sellers, along with Dell, Lenovo and eventually Acer and HP.    



Dell pushes for better Linux drivers

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| Amit Bhutani told a session at the Ubuntu Live 2007 conference that Dell has 
| several "areas of investigation" when it comes to Linux.  


Dell Wants Better ATI Linux Drivers

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| At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell 
| Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell's "area of 
| investigation", which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit 
| had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were "challenges in 
| platform enablement". Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the 
| driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, 
| but improved).      


Ubuntu plus Dell equals better support for devices in Linux

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| One of the best things that has happened to Linux enthusisasts the world over 
| is the confluence of two big players one in the Linux arena (Ubuntu aka 
| Canonical) and the other in the PC hardware space (Dell). And the end users 
| have already started reaping the benefits.   


Dell's Small Software Acquisition Has Big Implications

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| So, how does Silverback benefit Dell? It's rather simple: The same way that 
| big outsourcing firms like Electronic Data Systems manage Fortune 500 
| networks, Dell can now remotely manage thousands of individual customer 
| sites.   


Pre-loaded Linux = Increased adoption?

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| "I think Dell pre-loading Linux will have a significant impact on
| Linux adoption, although not necessarily because so many end
| users comfortable with Windows will decide to switch. Rather,
| Dell's involvement will motivate many hardware manufacturers
| to make reliable Linux drivers available, the lack of which
| has significantly retarded the adoption of Linux by many
| individuals and organizations interested in trying out Linux.
| By reducing the barrier of drivers and thereby enabling these
| trials, Linux will start to achieve some momentum, which will
| in turn increase its adoption rate. So, I applaud Dell for
| moving forward on this initiative."


Linux: Driver Support is Key

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| Dell recognizes the importance of open source, GPL-licensed drivers
| which are maintained upstream in kernel.org. They allow users the
| widest choice of Linux distributions, effectively taking the
| specific hardware and distribution out of the decision-making
| process and let you focus on solving your business problems. We
| will work with our hardware partners to develop, test, and
| maintain Free drivers, and continue to make progress towards
| that goal for all drivers.


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