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Technologies Holding Back the Linux Desktop

Dec 01, 2009, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"In the past these hurdles have been attributed to familiarity, legacy Windows software and even a lack of a perceived collaborative effort from a business standpoint. Based on my own experience however, there may actually be issues that come up for new users before even hitting any of these hurdles.

"In this article, I'll exploring some of the challenges that I feel are indisputable headaches, while also offering possible solutions.

"Linux wireless

"Atheros, Intel and Ralink: each company provides decent Linux wireless for the most part, despite running into occasional bugs. Despite the level of support shown from each, it still frustrates me that wireless options like Broadcom wireless remains the gold standard in most notebook computers sold today.

"Even with the hard work that has gone into providing support for these problematic wireless chipsets thanks to projects like b43, most people still find that they are relying on NDISWrapper and windows drivers anyway."

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