In order to provide good device drivers for Free Software operating systems, hardware
document-ation is essential. Unfortunately some hardware manufacturers have been
very reluctant to provide this documentation as they consider it valuable intellectual
The situation has improved as Linux has become mainstream and accepted by industry.
However, the problem obtaining hardware documentation hasnt yet been solved.
This talk will discuss methods and techniques for obtaining hardware documentation
as well as what one can do when the hardware manufacturer does not wish to play