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Sigh! A simple USB stick causes so many problems.
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| This is going to be a rant against windows.
| If you don't like hearing negative things
| about windows then don't read this.
| Seriously, don't read this. On the other
| hand, if you like hearing about windows
| problems then please continue :)
| So many times there are people who waffle on
| about how windows just works. How everything
| is all plug and play and automatic. Us Linux
| people like to call it plug and pray :) In
| this particular case it was trying to get
| windows to recognize a simple little
| Kingston USB memory stick.
| Compared to windows, maintaining Linux is an
| absolute breeze. Want to delete a lot of
| drivers? Just select them all and delete
| them, simple. Want to reinstall drivers?
| Just reinstall the package, simple.
| People wonder why I don't like windows. This
| is a prime example right there. A simple
| little memory stick problem caused hours of
| wasted time and effort. The necessary
| drivers were already installed. The
| configuration file was in the rightful
| place. It was just that the operating system
| itself couldn't see what was right under
| it's nose. Ok, lets be fair and say that the
| drivers were not on the system. An example
| of that happened that evening with a laptop
| and a web camera. A simple little web camera
| with no driver disk. Not a real problem I
| thought. Just go to the manufacturers web
| site and download the drivers. No drivers on
| the chipset (pixart) manufacturers site.
| Googling came up with the drivers, oops you
| have to either register or pay for the
| drivers. WTD!! (short for "What The Duck!!"
| :) Just another way of scamming people out
| of their money. Suffice it to say that this
| particular web camera didn't work on that
| laptop. Under Linux it worked just fine,
| with no black magic needed to be performed.
Linux and USB 3.0
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| Ever get tired of Windows people
| proclaiming how their operating system has
| device support for this, that, and the
| other thing and Linux doesn't? Well, now
| you have a perfect come-back. The newest,
| fast interface, USB 3.0 is out and only
| Linux has native support for it.
Running Nine USB-Based Displays On Linux
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| Last May we were briefed that DisplayLink
| would provide open-source driver support
| on Linux. DisplayLink is a company that
| makes graphics processors capable of
| powering high resolution displays that
| work over a USB connection. This
| technology is found within products from
| Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, Samsung, and
| others. Since last year DisplayLink and
| the Linux community has been working on a
| LGPLv2 software stack and in June first
| released a frame-buffer and X.Org driver
| and since has released other improvements.
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