Why couldn't we?
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Today I saw a Wired article "Linus Torvalds Gives Nvidia the Finger. Literally." (WARNING: This article contains some explicit language-- which is probably why it's kind of funny.) At the bottom in the comments was a comment by Dave Shaw which said "How about a kickstarter campaign to cover the cost of developing drivers for Nvidia and AMD drivers for Linux? I figure all the money Linux users save on their OS could be diverted to these projects."
You know, that's really not a bad idea. In the past one of the criticisms of open source was that they offered nothing to a commercial organization. It's expensive to develop these drivers and connections and the company just can't make its money back from the work. They just don't have the resources to do it. OK. Fine. That's fair enough. So, how much do you need? What's the number? What's fair? We could use crowd-source funding tools to try to collect that money from the community and hire someone to get it done. If we can't raise the cash then they are right, there's not enough demand. But, if we do raise the cash, then I think a lot of this needs to be re-evaluated. I don't mind paying in to get something like this done, if I can afford it.
So, hardward companies out there who don't support Linux. Give us a number. Give us a shot. Maybe the community will surprise you. We might even overwhelm you.
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