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Date:      Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:02:33 -0600
From:      Chad Perrin <perrin@apotheon.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: 2020: Will BSD and Linux be relevant anymore?
Message-ID:  <20110721170233.GE69370@guilt.hydra>
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On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:21:47PM -0400, Daniel Feenberg wrote:
>=20
> Doesn't the NDIS specification offer a reasonably stable ABI for wireless=
=20
> drivers?
>=20
> I have often thought that supporting NDIS would offer manufacturers a sor=
t=20
> of "halfway house" to ease them into proper support for FreeBSD and Linux=
.=20
> While it is inferior to open source drivers, it would attract users, and=
=20
> with users manufacturers would feel pressure to have better support, whic=
h=20
> 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.

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

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