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Old 05-29-2004, 03:30 AM   #1
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Why doesn't Linux support UPnP to solve its device driver problems?


I have read that a Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) devices should work on any system because UPnP is operating system and programming language independent .
If hardware manufacturers support UPnP then they and their customers would not have to worry about finding drivers for different OS' e.g. Windows 32bit, Windows 64bit, Linux 32bit, Linux 64bit. Of course, there would still be a need for drivers for old hardware, but that can't be helped.
To me UPnP seems an obvious solution to linux's device driver problem and if that is the case why doesn't linux support UPnP natively (I know there are userspace solutions)?
Linux is not my main OS because of device driver problems and "RPM hell".
 
Old 05-29-2004, 04:42 AM   #2
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UPnP is for network appliances - most of which work without special configuration "out of the box" with Linux - while the most device driver problems in Linux stem from the fact that hardware manufacturers don't release technical documents to allow developers to make Linux drivers, or the make dodgy binary drivers (hello ATI, hello Nvidia).

You may want to read this comparison on different methods for service discovery in networks.


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Old 05-31-2004, 10:16 PM   #3
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So UPnP is only limited to certain devices.

Thanks for the link
I was always aware that the device problem issues were because manufacturers would not release full specs. I just thought UPnP support would be a solution for all devices. I never realised UPnP was limited to network appliances only.
So you are telling me that as USB doesnt use network protocols it cannot be a UPnP device?
 
  


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