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Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Pondering the Imponderable

OK, I'm more than a little frustrated. I've been trying for the better part of six months to my wireless Internet setup working in Linux. Most stuff works OK, but I can't play Quake III Arena. I tried one card that won't let me connect at all and another that will connect but the driver reboots my computer after playing for a couple of minutes. Talking to the companies is worthless because the drivers are unsupported. For the one card one guy is writing the driver. He has been very helpful, but we are no closer to figuring out the problem than we were in October. There's only so much one guy can do when the driver business is not his full-time job.

Now I love Linux. But this crappy driver support will keep it from being widely accepted. I can't use my scanner, and likely never will. Creative has been promising official drivers for as long as I can remember, but still hasn't delivered. The only bright spot is NVIDIA's excellent drivers which are routinely trashed my self-appointed Linux zealots because they are not open source. BIG FREAKING DEAL! The majority of the open source drivers I use are half-baked and the one binary-only one I use works nicely. I'll take "functional" over "open" any old day. Open is great in theory, but if it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

I think I better have a little lie-down.

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