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[News] GNU/Linux Ahead of Windows in Drivers

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Drivers? Don’t talk to me about drivers   

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| Yet again, I butted up against the supposed ease of installation and 
| configuration of Windows (in this case, XP). I passed a ThinkPad T40 on to a 
| friend of mine and, because he’s all thumbs when it comes to computers 
| (except for using certain software), I offered to help him install XP.   
| [...]
| What the????
| There was no audio. No ethernet. And, most importantly, no wireless. The 
| hardware wasn’t recognized, and didn’t appear in the device manager. So much 
| for auto detection and plug-and-play. And this was a ThinkPad. Good old IBM 
| hardware. Not strange, non-standard components from some obscure firm 
| somewhere.    
| [...]
| The Ubuntu experience
| A while back, I installed Ubuntu on exactly the same hardware. Well, not 
| exactly — the hard drive on that ThinkPad was a 40 GB model. And guess what? 
| Ubuntu automatically detected my hardware. Ethernet, wireless, audio … they 
| all worked without me having to go into a repository or download and compile 
| a driver. They just worked.    



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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