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NewsForge: Linux 2.4 hardware support: Several improvements

Feb 28, 2001, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Field)

"For years many people, myself included, have talked about the lack of support under Linux for many devices. Linux is gaining momentum and as it does, the support for it increases. However, while third-party support is great, perhaps the most important element of hardware support is the extent to which Linux supports hardware by default in the kernel."

"Not only does Linux 2.4 have increased support for various devices, but it changes the way in which it handles many previous supported devices. Hardware support becomes more effecient, the possibility for data loss lessens, 3D games run (or if they ran before, they run better), and overall the world becomes a better place."

"Linux 2.4 now supports a wider range of hardware, not surprising, every major kernel revision has had more hardware supported than the last. In fact, 2.2 to 2.4 is not quite the profound change 2.0 to 2.2 was."

"However, one can argue that about the the importance of the devices supported in 2.4. For instance, 2.4 now has support for USB devices. And while it has room for improvement, this is definately an important step for Linux in moving onto the desktop...."

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