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Audiocast: How Linux Supports More Devices Than Any Other OS, Ever

Nov 02, 2008, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"What makes Linux capable of doing this? Is it development process; is it ease of writing drivers; is this sheer stubbornness on parts of people like you? What is it?

"I think it's all of those. The ease of writing drivers; Linux drivers are at normally one-third smaller than Windows drivers or other operating system drivers. We have all the examples there, so it's trivial to write a new one if you have new hardware, usually because you can copy the code and go. We maintain them for forever, so the old ones don't disappear and we run on every single processor out there. I mean Linux is 80% of the world's top 500 super computers right now and we're also the number one embedded operating system today. We've got both sides of the market because it's--yeah it's pretty amazing. I don't know why, but we're doing something right."

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