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PC Plus: Linux Trials

Oct 29, 2003, 01:00 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Hudson)

"As Linux continues its apparently unstoppable march over the server and desktop market, more and more people are writing to PC Plus asking why we don't try hardware out on Linux for compatibility checks. Questions like these make sense--after all, with so many users weighing the pros and cons of ditching Windows in favour of Linux, they want to know how good Linux hardware support is, and particularly for cutting-edge kit. Unfortunately, in practice, providing a simple 'yes or no' answer is rather harder than it may initially appear--which is why it's a rare product that finds Linux support specifically tested in the review process.

"As a magazine, we pride ourselves on being rather higher-end than the overwhelming majority of other magazines on the shelves. As it stands at the moment, the vast majority of you are Windows users rather than full-time Linuxers, and this is likely to be the case for a considerable time. As a result, it's important for us to focus primarily on what a package is offering to its target market--almost every piece of equipment out there is designed and built first and foremost for the Windows platform, and it's often impossible to get even basic tech support for Linux related problems..."

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