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LinuxWorld: Their own devices -- A look into the availability of device drivers and specs for Linux

Mar 07, 2000, 19:09 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eileen Cohen)

"Desktop computer systems go for a song these days. Competition among the big retailers is fierce, and many add printers, scanners, and other peripherals to preconfigured Windows-based systems to sweeten the pot. But woe unto the adventurous bundle-buyer who decides to jettison Windows for Linux: chances are that nifty color inkjet printer will become a desk anchor and the scanner a doorstop. Such is the heartache of proprietary device drivers."

"The lack of device drivers presents a catch-22 to those who hope that Linux will join the desktop mainstream. Until Linux-curious users can be sure their system components will work, they may hesitate to take the plunge -- or may become intensely frustrated if they do. Meanwhile, the perception of some manufacturers that the Linux market isn't significant keeps compatible devices out of reach."

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