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[opensuse] Mac OS X and Linux Product inter-compatibility?
  • From: "Hylton Conacher(ZR1HPC)" <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 14:33:23 +0200
  • Message-id: <45BB4693.30807@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
The IT world is faced with 3/4 main desktop operating systems, each with its own quirks and therefore each has hardware which will or wont work on it. I would specifically like to find out, as a non user of two of the OS's, if any of the OS's can be likened to another in terms of functionaility ie how they address and work with hardware. The main operating systems(OS's) I talk about are Windows, Linux, Apple oe Macintosh and of course UNIX.

We are all painfully aware that the Windows software does much of the hardware management, whilst Linux, relies more on the hardware to perform, mostly independantly from the OS and I would assume that UNIX is similar. I cannot comment on Mac as I have never owned/used one.

Hardware, specifically printers, include a list of operating systems which the product is known to work. For example purposes: Windows and Mac OS X are supported and no mention is made of Linux or UNIX.

I would like to purchase the product and see that it is not supported in the OS I prefer to run ie Linux.

Can I assume that a product that works on Mac OS X will also work, perhaps with limited functionaility, on Linux, eventhough it was not stated on the box?

Curious George :)

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