Ok, thatâ€™s about what I thought. Since a lot of the coolness from Linux comes from the fact that itâ€™s open source, and developed by individuals, thereâ€™s really no money to be had by opening up devices for the Linux world. From a business stand point I can understand that. The device belongs to that company and they can control it however they want.
There's not a lot of expense other then documenting your hardware. Writing drivers for windows or a mac is just a by-product. What's ironic here they would not need to maintain anything. ATI as an example released on their stuff about a year/year and a half ago, and behold, a lot of the recent cards (well ok, at least my 2600HD) are supported in xorg without loading any of their binaries.
What creative's problem is, is that they think they have some sort of propiatory technology that they don't want anyone else to know about and IMO, are seeminly afraid that someone might beat them at their own game.
Speaks volumes for their R&D. I guess to their point, this is where they'd spend at, but if you're a technology company, why would you not spend here? Can you imagine Intel doing the same thing?