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Washing the windows myths. Device support.

May 25, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Locutus)

[ Thanks to locutus for this link. ]

"There is a common mantra which windows advocates like to chant. I guess it has a calming influence for them as they navigate the labyrinth of installing new hardware on their machines. The mantra goes like this, windows has better device support. This mantra, while boosting the superiority complex of windows advocates, is simply a myth.

"It is said that myths generally have a germ of truth in them and I have to agree. Many years ago windows did have superior device support. That has all changed now. In fact the situation has reversed. Linux now has superior device support when compared to windows and arguably any other operating system. The reason for this is due to the differences between the way windows and Linux look at hardware device drivers.

"The model for windows device drivers is for a manufacturer to bring out a product and produce a specially designed driver for that product which must be installed for it to work. This driver does not work for competing products which do the same thing."

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