This is good news for Linux. The Linux Driver Project is focused on creating and maintaining OpenSource Linux kernel drivers for all types of devices. This means hardware vendor might able to sell more devices to Linux users. This project is sponsored by Novell.
From the project home page:
We are a group of Linux kernel developers (over 100 strong) and project managers (over 10) that develop and maintain Linux kernel drivers. We work with the manufacturers of the specific device to specify, develop, submit to the main kernel, and maintain the kernel drivers. We are willing and able to sign NDAs with companies if they wish to keep their specifications closed, as long as we are able to create a proper GPLv2 Linux kernel driver as an end result.