Ubuntu & Linux Hardware Support: Working With OEMs Is Key

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http://www.thevarguy.com – When it comes to improving hardware support for Linux, there are two traditional strategies: The Do-It-Yourself method, by which geeks write their own device drivers, and the Beg-And-Plead approach, or asking OEMs for open-source drivers and hoping they comply. But Canonical seems to be forging a third path by actually cooperating with upstream manufacturers to bring better hardware support to Ubuntu. Here’s how, and what it means for the lives of Linux users everywhere. First, though, it’s worth observing that hardware support on Linux has come a long, long way in recent years, es (IT news)