Jim <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Reincarnating a discarded laptop with Linux
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Open source software has matured. Linux is much better at recognizing
>> | laptop hardware than it was just a few years ago. Installation is easy.
>> | Hundreds of enthusiasts have posted their experiences in installing
>> | laptop Linux on the web. My own success shows you no longer need to bea
>> | Linux guru or PC support specialist to get laptop Linux working.
>> | The unstoppable movement towards free and open source software has
>> | transformed Linux into an amazing platform. At no cost, you can take
>> | an old laptop and make highly productive. What an exciting new era!
> I can vouch for this. Linux on laptops has never been easier. Right now it's
> easier (device wise) than installing MS-Windows, in most cases!
It's interesting how these various key points are being hit over time.
A few years ago, linux on x86 desktops overtook Windows in terms of ease
of install, indeed, on a lot of older hardware, Windows cannot be
installed at all due to the complete dearth of drivers.
Linux has clearly now reached the point where laptop support has
exceeded that of Windows, too. Again, unsurprising, in fact, probably
inevitable. The only route now will be for Microsoft to try to do some
dirty deals with laptop and peripheral manufacturers to lock-out linux;
it wouldn't be the first time, but as linux continues to grow, this will
look less and less sensible to hardware suppliers working to very very
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