Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has an excellent blog entry describing the way the Ubuntu/Dell deal will impact driver development, Dell’s business, and Linux in general. Most notable is his assertion that the “free software approach is a better device driver development model” than the closed-source model. I wholehartedly agree with this, because once a driver is mainlined in the kernel, the kernel devs maintain the driver interface to the kernel. The only work left for the hardware vendor is supporting their hardware.
How the Ubuntu/Dell deal will impact the market