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It will be more difficult to get drivers for old hardware when the browser does not support FTP

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Ernie Smith, editor of motherboard of foreign media, recently tried to find drivers for his PCI to SATA expansion card. As a result, it was found that these harmless old hardware has been hard to find a suitable driver download base.It points out that at least one large driver provider is actively removing old content that it no longer supports. And those traditional FTP driver download site, will soon spread its follow-up.


(data figure via Mozilla)

After being abandoned by these portal sites, users must use the Internet archive or the time machine,Go to some archived posts to find the driver download link, otherwise you will also face many difficulties.

Intel, for example, is cleaning up many of its motherboard BIOS drivers from its Web site, as many of its older hardware has reached the end of its life cycle (EOL).

Although extensible firmware interface (UEFI) has been widely used, there are still many old users using BIOS based devices.

Bleeping computer points out that this seems to be a broader operation to prevent users from downloading hardware drivers that are no longer supported (such as those 15 years ago) officially from Intel.

In a statement to motherboard, Intel said it was referring to industry practice:

For the sake of providing transparency of product support to customers, our company has communicated the product and software guide about the support that is about to be or has been terminated, which is in line with industry standards.

Intel assesses the product needs and capabilities it can continue to meet, combining a number of factors, including technical and practical limitations, and customer feedback.

Unfortunately, for people who like to collect old antiques and old technologies, this may be a problem, such as a group of netizens on Vogons forum.Jason Scott, chief software curator of the Internet Archive, said:

Intel's move reflects the tendency of hardware and software developers to ignore their legacy problems when possible, especially in consumer software.

In contrast, companies and corporate customers are more willing to pay for technical support updates to ensure that the original investment will not drift away, which is how some phone companies keep their equipment running.

As for the consumer facing driver repository,It also reflects the change of the way that enterprises update and distribute new software packages.

At first, enterprises tend to complete the distribution of software and updates through email, and in the late 1980s, there were digital distribution options, such as software creations to release the update of doom through bulletin board.

In the mid-1990s, enterprises began to create FTP repositories to distribute software, thus changing the nature of updates. Internet distribution has become easier, more secure, innovative and advanced, and the frequency of updates has accelerated.

Many of these FTP servers still exist, but in the new cycle,Those who are looking for older drivers are facing the sad news that major web browsers are ending their support for them.

Starting with chrome 82, Google will remove support for FTP sites. The version is currently under development and will arrive sometime next year. At the same time, Mozilla is doing the same thing with Firefox.

The main reason for this is security (which has been used for a long time). As an old service, a successor (SFTP) can hardly protect it in the same way.

Although FTP applications like Cyberduck may continue to use the heat for decades,However, the lack of support from mainstream web browsers will cause great trouble to users and FTP service providers.

Of course, FTP protocol itself is not without fault, especially the lack of support for search function. At present, the best way to retrieve information is still to use a web-based search engine (such as Google).

Experienced technical experts can often find important documents (such as technical specifications). But the same content is unlikely to be found on the web site.

The fate of drivers is no exception, such as earlier this year,Ernie Smith tried to make the old camera work, but couldn't find the right software to make it work.

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