Linux Needs to Master Hardware to Beat Windows
Jan 24, 2010, 08:02 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Today we have Keith Curtis joining us for a discussion on
Linux. Curtis spent 11 years as a Software Design Engineer at
Microsoft before examining Linux and the open source side of
things, which resulted in a change of perspective and a published
"I knew very little about free software when I left Microsoft. I
think any of my fellow former employees who bothered to learn what
all I did would conclude that free software is superior, and that
its biggest challenges are ignorance and a slight lack of
execution. I say "slight" because the free software army is already
an army of millions.
"It is why I have written a book that talks about things like
why it is cheaper to write drivers for Linux, but it also documents
the biggest reasons for why it hasn't succeeded on the desktop yet.
And the biggest challenge right now for Linux on the PC is
hardware. In principle, none of your software can work until all of
your hardware works."