A major pain point for Linux desktop users over the years has been a lack of Wi-Fi chipset support. That's been changing for the better over the last few years, but I still find it a little amazing that on Monday, January 10th, the Linux Foundation will announce that Broadcom, yes Broadcom, will be joining the Foundation.
Since then, that driver has been integrated into the latest Linux kernel release 2.6.37 and, as a result, is actively being improved upon by the entire Linux community. Even so, for Broadcom, with its vast portfolio of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, to join the Linux Foundation is a surprise. It's also a very pleasant one.
In a statement, Michael Hurlston, Senior VP & General Manager of Broadcom's WLAN line of business said, "There is no question: Linux has become a major platform for communications devices and technologies. Our decision to open source the drivers for Broadcom's 802.11 chipsets is in response to our growing base of customers using Linux and is the first of what we expect to be many open development success stories."
Amanda McPherson, VP of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation, said, "Broadcom understands what almost every major technology company today knows - that collaborative, open development results in benefits that include everything from supported hardware to reduced development costs. She finished "We applaud Broadcom for its recent move to work more closely with the Linux community; their membership in the Linux Foundation speaks volumes of their commitment."
I applaud them as well. With this move, all the major Wi-Fi chipset vendors are on-board with Linux.