Re: How to Install GPIB driver NI-488.2 on Ubuntu 8.04
Don't you find it obvious that the problem here is NI, not the open source community? If NI would just open-source their drivers and code, this would not be an issue. And there's no reason not to do it. the value-add proposition from National Instruments is in the equipment and in the LabView package... not some stupid drivers. So for those of us who are just trying to use the equipment for a few small drivers, and don't need a massive package like LabView... this is important.
Your description to me sounds exactly that of the NI driver model (where we provide value add and ease of use) vs open source projects that provide small drivers that do the basic functionality. Making the open source implementations as full featured as the NI closed source ones would get into the IP concerns potentially. Since you haven't chimed back in on this thread could you elaborate on any reasons that the open source drivers don't fit your needs? Were you not aware of them?
There is the open source gpib driver, comedi, and serial drivers in the kernel. Both Comedi and the Serial driver NI has contributed to in order to enable support and features for our products.