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The Year of the Linux Desktop

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| It’s not her first Ubuntu experience — she’s been using Ubuntu since Dapper, 
| on two different machines, as dual boots or sometimes as dedicated systems. 
| She knows how the Gnome interface works. She can install a program or two, or 
| print a letter or connect to a public wireless connection.   
| But when mom — who doesn’t know anything about computers, who can’t install 
| Linux or Windows or anything else, who just wants easy Internet access and a 
| decent photo management application, who likes downloading music from Jamendo 
| and chatting in Google chat, who might want to rip a CD she got in a thrift 
| shop or play mahjongg — looks at all the choices on the Dell home page and 
| says she wants the one that runs Ubuntu only, there can be only one 
| conclusion.      
| It’s the year of the Linux desktop.


On Linux Hardware Compatibility

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| I love how anti-linux advocates and windows fanbois always pick on Linux for 
| hardware compatibility or rather lack of thereof. Just about every rant about 
| Linux I have seen so far includes a gripe about it not supporting new or 
| exotic hardware out of the box. Funny thing is that, neither does Windows.   
| Here is an experiment, and I encourage everyone to conduct it at their 
| leisure. First, grab your Windows XP CD (preferably the one with SP2 
| slipstreamed in) and do a clean install on a formated drive.  


They ought to pick on Macs for very poor (esp. narrow) hardware support, not on
Linux, being the target of myth.


Windows XP SP3: Beware the service pack!

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| The first thing that happened after installing Vista SP1 is that it broke my
| HP printer driver. That wasn't too bad, I fixed that quite easily by
| uninstalling the driver and doing a clean reinstallation. However, the fact
| that a service pack upgrade caused an instability in a previously working
| standard software installation is a concern.



The State of the Linux Driver Address

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| In general, though, Kroah-Hartman sees people’s perception of there not being 
| enough Linux drivers as a myth. 


Linux Driver Project Status Report as of April 2008

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| The Linux Driver Project (LDP) is alive and well, with over 300 developers 
| wanting to participate, many drivers already written and accepted into the 
| Linux kernel tree, and many more being currently developed. The main problem 
| is a lack of projects. It turns out that there really isn't much hardware 
| that Linux doesn't already support. Almost all new hardware produced is 
| coming with a Linux driver already written by the company, or by the 
| community with help from the company.


Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

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| The problem is that even though Kroah-Hartman and his developers are willing 
| to sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) for companies that are reluctant to 
| open up their devices to open source, businesses are still hanging 
| back. "What we need now is more companies participating in the project," 
| Kroah-Hartman said.    
| [...]
| He also wondered if the problem of Linux device drivers has been 
| overstated... 


Avoid Linux device support issues: A few minutes of research can make all the

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| You may have heard stories of Linux not being able to support some critical 
| pieces of hardware, such as 3D graphics cards or WiFi. While Linux actually 
| supports more hardware than any other operating system out there, it is  
| certainly annoying when the one piece of hardware you need is not on the 
| list.   


Linux: Stable API vs. Not?

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| As Linux supports a larger number of different devices "out of the box" than 
| any other operating system, and it supports these devices on more different 
| processor architectures than any other operating system, this proven type of 
| development model must be doing something right :)   


A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

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| Putting aside Apple hardware, where all the software works with
| all the hardware so long as it's all up to the minute, I found
| that MEPIS actually has better hardware support for this PC
| than Vista. 
| [...]
| Adding insult to injury, since DRM protection schemes must
| evolve constantly, to stay ahead of hackers tearing them down,
| I have little doubt that one day you'll come home to find that
| a Vista update to DRM-protection has just locked you out of your
| media collection. You know, the same collection, which had
| worked just fine the day before. Repeat after me: DRM does
| not belong in operating systems. 


Free Linux Driver Development!

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| Yes, that's right, the Linux kernel community is offering all
| companies free Linux driver development. No longer do you have
| to suffer through all of the different examples in the Linux
| Device Driver Kit, or pick through the thousands of example
| drivers in the Linux kernel source tree trying to determine
| which one is the closest to what you need to do.


Linux Hardware Support

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| Here's the problem with that argument: Most hardware does not
| work "Out of the box" in Windows. When people say their hardware
| worked "Out of the box" I don't think they are talking about "Out
| of the blue Windows XP box." What I think they mean is "Out of
| the Dell box."
| [...]
| The catch is that you must buy hardware that is supported by the
| software you intend to run on it. Is this really so unreasonable?
| Would you buy a Sun Spark workstation and try to run Windows on it?


Newspaper: Window Vista can clear out a medicine cabinet

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| But Michelle’s new HP desktop computer won’t recognize it – a printer made by 
| the same company. Indeed, Vista will not recognize it, other than to say it 
| doesn’t work with Vista. HP’s website says a new Vista driver (the software 
| that tells the computer how to use specific hardware) is in the works, but 
| nearly a year since the launch of Vista, I doubt it will ever come out.    


HP all-in-one device works great with Linux

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| Once the ink cartridges have been installed and aligned --
| the unit first prints an alignment page, then scans it to
| check for needed adjustment -- Windows and Mac OS users are
| told to load their respective CDs to install the drivers.
| Linux users can scoff at the intellectual property
| handcuffs imposed on their non-free brothers and sisters
| and simply configure the unit from the friendly confines of their 
| distribution.


The Epson Stylus C88 Printer, works in Linux but not in Windows?

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| Now, I'm confused. I installed Ubuntu on a spare machine
| because my printer started printing all wrong. I just
| completed sharing it with CUPS and Samba and what happens?
| It still prints all wrong from Windows!
| [...]
| Just so you know, I did go back and install the drivers that
| came on the CD-ROM, same problem. I then downloaded the most
| recent drivers from Epson, same problem.

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