TP-Link leeching off the FOSS community

TP-Link leeching off the FOSS community
TP-Link leeching off the FOSS community
2022-02-12 18:01:32

Every TP-Link product contains FOSS software, and almost every TP-Link router I know of contains Linux.

 

Why is it TP-Link's business practice to leech off the FOSS community and not support them in return with things like WiFi adapter drivers for Linux?

 

It is extremely disrespectful and selfish.

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Re:TP-Link leeching off the FOSS community
2022-05-31 23:58:22
Hey, open source software user here myself. The latest and greatest TP-Link products have generic drivers that work beautifully on modern Linux operating systems. The problem you are complaining about has not been a thing for a good amount of time. It's not practical for a company to revisit older, possibly no longer in use hardware, to rewrite drivers for kernels, for a operating system with a relatively minor userbase. TP-Link legally cannot "leech" off the FOSS community. They have a clear disclaimer on their Downloads Center that specify how their software use code from GPL applications and have to be used under the terms of the relevant GPL licenses.
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Re:TP-Link leeching off the FOSS community
2022-06-01 07:31:05

  @apexstrada just bought an Archer T2U Plus wireless adapter. Didn't work out of the box on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS which was the latest Ubuntu LTS at the time. I read nothing but complaints by other people not being able to get it working with other Linux distributions either.

 

I don't even know what you mean by "generic drivers".

 

Only you have are talking about re-writing drivers.

 

Sounds like you haven't been using Linux very long.

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Re:TP-Link leeching off the FOSS community
2022-06-02 01:22:40

@OkWhatever 

Sorry, I only have a UB400, it's a bluetooth adapter, not a WiFi one. I for some reason swapped in bluetooth products with what you were complaining with.

I won't defend the existence of the Archer T2U, but I have never heard of a properly functioning WiFi adapter for linux either. I have never bothered with WiFi on linux, always run it through Ethernet.

You say I haven't been using Linux for a long time yet you were the one that made the blunder purchase decision!

Unless it's an Intel card, WiFi almost always never works on Linux. TP-Link is surely to blame for their incompetence for not open-sourcing their driver, but to say they're leeching off the FOSS community was probably too personal sounding for anyone to reply to your sentiment for 3 months.

It's a way bigger problem to nail it on just one company. Have a good day.

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