LF Collaboration Summit: OEMs Promise Open Source Driver Support

Lora Bentley

The biggest news out of the latest Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, according to Wired, is that several OEM vendors are committed to supporting open source drivers. Dell, Lenovo, Asus, VIA and HP are on board to "strongly encourage" their hardware makers to provide open source drivers.


As a Linux Foundation press release reports:

OEM vendors reported that they will encourage chipset and other component vendors to provide open source drivers for Linux. The companies announced on stage that they will now include wording in their hardware procurement processes to "strongly encourage" the delivery of open source drivers for transparent integration into the Linux kernel.

What's more, LF members Red Hat, Canonical and Novell, among others, also agreed to support backporting those drivers to older versions of Linux. Other areas of focus at this year's summit included IPv6 compliance, Linux on mobile devices and virtualization.

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