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The State Of Linux Desktop Functionality

Sep 16, 2009, 16:34 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Despite vendors such as Edimax and Intel providing chipsets that actually work well with Linux, the interest of poorly supported chipsets provided by Broadcom (among others) continues to frustrate new Linux users on a daily basis. In the eyes of some developers, this line of thinking is called progress.

"We see developers wanting to be fair to people who are too cheap to simply drop $20-something on a device that can be supported very well out of the box. Popular support for poorly supported chipsets is a false ideal that will continue to hold back Linux on notebooks each and every day in my honest opinion.

"I use nothing but Edimax (Linux supported models) dongles and Intel integrated wireless devices. Needless to say, I do not have connectivity issues. And I left netbooks out of this point due to the fact that they also fall into the integrated wireless arena. They, too, use compatible wireless hardware."

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