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[News] Hardware Support Better in Linux Than in Windows (and Keeps Improving)

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Linux Has Worse Device Support Than Windows...I Don't Think So

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| I was cleaning a virus out of a Windows XP system for a client when the UPS 
| driver showed up with my latest gadget. The virus was one of the fake 
| Anti-Virus viruses, you know, the kind that pops up all kinds of warnings 
| that your system is infected or you are being attacked from some random IP 
| address even when you are not connected to the Internet. We should be able to 
| start a class action suit against these folks for the money they cost our 
| clients. Anyhow, the gadget was a new MP4 watch. I am a sucker for watches 
| that do other things.       
| The package showed that the watch software required Windows 2000, XP or 
| Vista. I had a computer close by that runs XP so I decided to test the watch 
| on it. The only printed paper inside the package was a list, in several 
| languages, of the contents of the box.   
| [...]
| Total time to get the watch working in Linux, 1/4 hour.
| Which system is it easier to get devices working in?
| By the way, I love the watch. I will do a review of the watch when I finish 
| the BASIC series.  


Kernel Log: What's new in 2.6.29 - Part 5: Filesystems Btrfs, SquashFS, Ext4
without journaling

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| If we are to believe the statements made by Linus Torvalds when presenting 
| the seventh release candidate of 2.6.29, and assuming release candidates come 
| weekly, it will be at least another week or two before Linux kernel 2.6.29 
| becomes available. The Kernel Log will, therefore, continue its report about 
| the new features scheduled for 2.6.29 with what's new in terms of file 
| systems.     



The magic of Linux device drivers.

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| The Linux kernel has a fantastic way of dealing with your computer's
| hardware. It doesn't concern itself with the company that sells the hardware
| or brand names, it is only concerned about the hardware itself. More
| specifically the actual chipset of the hardware. This means that one single
| Linux driver automatically supports a particular chipset no matter what
| company packages and sells products made with that chipset.


Yet another reason to use Linux instead of (Windows) Vista

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| Recently I baught BSNL EV-DO card that provides broadband (144 Kbps – 2
| Mbps – averaging about 500 Kbps) on the go. I tried to run it on my 64 bit
| Windows Vista Laptop (a triple boot machine XP, Vista 64 bit & Ubuntu 64 bit)
| but failed. Driver simply failed to work. However, it works well in Windows
| XP environment.
| Then I tried it on Linux. On my Ubuntu 64 bit Linux machine, running this
| device is pretty much straight forward. Here is how you can install and run
| BSNL evdo card in your Linux machine too:  (though you can do this with
| dozens of different methods with equal number of tools – classic Linux
| style!)


Why Linux Is Popular with Hardware Companies and Developers

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| Two trends in the computer industry set the stage for the growing popularity
| of UNIX and Linux. First, advances in hardware technology created the need
| for an operating system that could take advantage of available hardware
| power. In the mid-1970s, minicomputers began challenging the large mainframe
| computers because, in many applications, minicomputers could perform the same
| functions less expensively. More recently, powerful 64-bit processor chips,
| plentiful and inexpensive memory, and lower-priced hard disk storage have
| allowed hardware companies to install multiuser operating systems on desktop
| computers.


You've CUPSed a long way, baby.

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| He went on his way and I plugged in the usb cable. Getting ready to go into
| the menu to configure the thing a notification thinger pops up and told me
| the printer was ready. It didn't even ask me a question. NOT A THING.



A Perception of Lack of Support for Open Source Should Not Stop Adoption of

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| People seem hesitant to accept open source because “there is no company
| behind it” like Microsoft. First of all, from an OS standpoint, support of
| Linux distros by the companies that publish them has come a long way in the
| past few years. Companies like Canonical (the distributor of Ubuntu Linux),
| Novell (SuSE Linux), and Red Hat offer support programs that can assist you
| with your problem, although these programs vary in pricing and how they are
| conducted. The point is, however, that despite the fact that the OS is
| developed, maintained, and improved by an amorphous body of programmers (the
| open source community), there are real companies behind the distros that will
| be there if you have a question or problem.


The top Linux support weaknesses, then and now

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| In 2003, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com visited the Linux support landscape
| with a list of Linux support weaknesses. A lot has happened over the
| past four years, as is evident in the success of Red Hat and
| Novell's subscription-based support models and the meteoric
| rise of commercial-grade Ubuntu support, to name a few.


Linux Graphics, a Tale of Three Drivers

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| Obviously, if the Linux desktop suddenly took off tomorrow Intel would be
| perfectly poised to capitalise on its successful open source strategy, slap
| a "Designed for Linux" sticker on all its desktops and laptops and wait for
| the profits to come rolling in.
| However, the current trend is for the future to go smart and mobile, with
| Linux becoming a strongly competitive choice in the mobile market primarily
| because of it's commodity support and speed of innovation. The most commonly
| touted feature of the new generation of mobile devices is graphics and
| multi-media, so anyone with a graphics device strategy that supports Linux
| seamlessly and can innovate down to the low power hand held devices is nicely
| positioned to capitalise on an emerging market.


Installing A New Printer. Windows vs. Linux

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| Windows - 40 Minutes
| [...]
| Linux - 2 Minutes
| While I was waiting for the first round of software to install on Windows, I
| turned to my laptop running Ubuntu to see if I could get it setup to print as
| well. I launched the printing configuration tool. Clicked on "New Printer".
| Typed in the IP address I had assigned to the printer and selected the model
| number.    

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