How the Ubuntu/Dell deal will impact the market07 May 2007 in Misc (Reading time: 1 minute)
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has an excellent blog entry describing the way the Ubuntu/Dell deal will impact driver development, Dell's business, and Linux in general. Most notable is his assertion that the "free software approach is a better device driver development model" than the closed-source model. I wholehartedly agree with this, because once a driver is mainlined in the kernel, the kernel devs maintain the driver interface to the kernel. The only work left for the hardware vendor is supporting their hardware.