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Linux.com: What's The Deal With Linux & Hardware?

Oct 05, 2000, 00:22 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

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"One of the reasons I still use Linux is because I had a good first experience. I had a friend make a Webserver for me using Slackware, a 486DX-33, 8 MB and a 300 MB hard drive ... in 1994! My college used it for three years as the homework site for a distance learning course. I liked the idea of an OS that was robust enough to do such a task with such basic hardware."

"But I've had some bad Linux experiences as well. My first AGP video card coughed up a hairball when I loaded RedHat 5.1. SuSe 6.4 called me bad names when I tried to install it on a Pentium II with a GeForce2 MX ... and that was last week. Lots of hardware just doesn't work under Linux, but it works fine under Windows (yes, I said it ... it sucks, but it's true)."

"Now this isn't really the fault of Linux as an OS. There are a few major factors that prevent certain pieces of hardware from functioning in Linux:
(1) Hardware vendors don't release specifications without signing a non-disclosure agreement the size of Bill Gates' monthly bank statement.
(2) Hardware vendors develop all drivers in-house and never give specifications to anybody.
(3) Linux developers discount the hardware as "cheap crap" and don't make a driver for it."

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