"Desktop computer systems go for a song these days. Competition
among the big retailers is fierce, and many add printers, scanners,
and other peripherals to preconfigured Windows-based systems to
sweeten the pot. But woe unto the adventurous bundle-buyer who
decides to jettison Windows for Linux: chances are that nifty color
inkjet printer will become a desk anchor and the scanner a
doorstop. Such is the heartache of proprietary device drivers."
"The lack of device drivers presents a catch-22 to those who
hope that Linux will join the desktop mainstream. Until
Linux-curious users can be sure their system components will work,
they may hesitate to take the plunge -- or may become intensely
frustrated if they do. Meanwhile, the perception of some
manufacturers that the Linux market isn't significant keeps
compatible devices out of reach."