Yay! It was "flush_cache" command that made the LG opticals flush their Firmware. Hehe, some still remember! And yes, they said "we don't test your devices with Linux". lol.
Yes, but sometimes such a blacklist really grows and grows... and luckily sometimes you can get some people off it. As it seems Broadcom is trying to get a better PR in terms of Linux and their WLAN support.
On the article. It's nice to see someone still doing stuff there but I bet that the code only works on few selected chip(s) - and my boxes will probably not participate in the goodness. As I chose before - there will be no new VIA stuff in my house but I'll still keep that old stuff around and hope that they might see the light of day in a few years...
But til then I'll stay with things that have proven to work.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!