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Linux just works? Not for everyone!

Jun 22, 2010, 22:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Locutus)

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"You read about it everywhere on forums, mailing lists and in just about every Linux verses windows flame war. Linux just works is claimed. Then there is the counter claim that Linux didn't do this or that had no drivers. So what is the story here? Does Linux just work or not? Well, it does and it doesn't.

"The phrase, just works, is a pretty blanket statement. It has no specific target to refute against. Linux just works you say? It doesn't for me. It does for me. Does not. Does. Does not. Does. Hmmm, I seem to remember those sort of arguments in kindergarten.

"There are many things which Linux is very good at. Hardware detection and configuration for one. As long as your hardware is supported by the operating system then it "just works". The same as any other operating system. What about software? As long as you stick with supported software supplied by the distribution then it "just works", mostly. Then again, that is the exact same scenario for other operating systems."

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