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Why Windows users should switch to Linux

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"Over the years, there's been an onslaught of devices using all kinds of components, not all of which bundle a Linux driver. Despite this, long-time kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman claims that the Linux kernel supports more devices than any other OS ever has done. This is mostly due to the Linux Driver Project, which is run by Kroah-Hartman.

"The project has several hundred volunteer developers who offer to write and maintain free software drivers for any company. The advantage of free software drivers over proprietary products is that you can usually copy the code required from drivers for similar hardware, saving considerable time and effort.

"Fedora's Frields thinks that the rapidly growing number of drivers is only natural. Since Linux has gained so much traction in key markets, there's more justification for the hardware vendors to look at the landscape, weigh the numbers and realise that they can easily justify the resources to develop a free software driver that opens up the market to millions more customers."

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