So has anyone contacted Greg and the other (claimed ~400 kernel devs) at the Linux Driver Project, to request a driver for the hardware they wish to purchase? :http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/media ... /Main_Page
This process (including signing of NDAs), is now streamlined by this project, and those who want to get into some coding will be mentored, but they have plenty of coders anyway.
It is so easy to complain, let's make use of the medium-term solution available - requesting a driver for the hardware we want, be developed.
Note this from the FAQ (http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/media ... _Questions
Q: Can you write a driver for my [insert device name here] to get it to work? It isn't made anymore and no one has the specs for it.
A: Sorry, but this project is for devices in which we have the specification and hopefully the manufacturer's support. We don't have the time or effort that is needed to reverse engineer the device on our own, sorry.
So I guess that currently manufactured hardware might be a better bet here, and, where the manufacturer is supportive in some way. So this may require a little advocacy, or encouragement in some way - yes, leg work, yes, not instant gratification.
E.g., RME has shown actual support for Linux drivers, but quite some years ago it seems. Perhaps, if there were some advocacy by "us users" to RME and suggesting working with linuxdriverproject.org, then more modern RME hardware support will be achieved.
Same for _pick your favourite brand_ pro audio hardware.
One more FAQ:
Q: Are companies actually taking you up on this offer?
A: Yes, the initial response to this was amazing, a measurable number of new Linux drivers will be created thanks to this program.