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Windows 7: open source drivers

01 Jul 2016   #1
kf10

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
open source drivers

why can not we have open source drivers for graphics, networking, wifi, printer and scanner

it will save the companies precious resources, like few developers needed and it will work on any Operating System platform thus boosting sales of such equipment
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01 Jul 2016   #2
kf10

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

my Benq scanner (which is nine years old) works fine on windows xp and seven(i didnt try windows vista) but not on windows 8, when i contacted Benq technical staff, they said they do not support this scanner on windows seven and eight.
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01 Jul 2016   #3
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Because it's gonna lead to some invulnerabilities.
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03 Jul 2016   #4
kf10

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
Because it's gonna lead to some invulnerabilities.
is not linux and BSD open source
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07 Jul 2016   #5
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Have you tried installing the drivers you have, in Compatibility Mode?

A Benq scanner goes back 9years? compatibility mode goes back to win95/98. By the way, what model is it?

I did find this on our EightForums sister-site it might be helpful: Solved: Old Acer/BenQ scanner drivers (x84, x64)
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16 Aug 2016   #6
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

I know this thread is a little old. I hate to correct people. Some drivers are open source. Some Microsoft software is open source. Some third party is open source like browsers for example. VLC media player is another one that is open source.

BSD is technically not open source. It is different type of license.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
Because it's gonna lead to some in-vulnerabilities.
Roasterman proprietary software doesn't have vulnerabilities? I know proprietary software & open source software has its pros & cons.
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