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Re: [opensuse] We Lost One! :(
  • From: "Amedee Van Gasse" <amedee@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:05:41 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <23034.193.121.250.194.1222239941.squirrel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wed, September 24, 2008 00:38, Greg Freemyer wrote:
On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 6:25 PM, Miguel Medalha <miguelmedalha@xxxxxxx>
wrote:

That being said, Windows, MacOS, *BSD, Solaris and all others are not
yet
perfect for desktop use either. But at least Linux supports more
devices
out of the box without any additional installation or configuration
than
Windows does.


That is simply not true! Most hardware manufacturers produce drivers for
Windows first and then for MacOS.

The key phrase is "out of the box". Microsoft has very limited driver
support out of the Microsoft box.

Exactly. Just try to install any desktop pc with a retail (not OEM!) copy
of Windows, and without the drivers cd!
Now do the same with a retail copy of Suse. Or any other Linux distro that
comes in a retail box.

Linux has very good driver support out of the SUSE box.

Because all drivers are (or should be) in the kernel tree, this goes for
all distributions that use a recent kernel. Except for binary drivers like
nvidia, but name me one recent&popular distro that doesn't have provisions
for binary drivers.

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Amedee

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