Quoting Liam Bedford (lbedford at lbedford.org):
> If maybe you mean that random USB devices don't come with drivers,
> then cf Rick Moen's posts on drivers.. you need to be more careful
> about what you buy. It's your fault. All of it. All the pain you get..
> yours, all yours.. see..
The basic problem, as I understand it, is that USB doesn't define a
communications protocol, just an electical signaling standard over which
such protocols can operate. So, support for any given component can be
and sometimes is a one-off problem.
This situation is also exascerbated by the tendency of manufacturers in
highly price-competitive, low-cost markets to regard any details of
their hardware as a trade secret to guard from competitors' eyes. So,
they'll be glad to help you write a driver for your OS -- but only if
you sign a hand-over-your-firstborn type NDA, first. Which rather
stands in the way of cooperation with open source.
I'm amazed at how few problems there _are_ with Linux support for
most categories of USB devices, given all that. But I'd steer very far
away from USB-type broadband adapters, just on instinct alone. The
standalone NIC-based ones work fine, thanks.
Rick Moen Linux for Intel: Party like it's 2037!
rick at linuxmafia.com
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