Washing the windows myths. Device support.
May 25, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There is a common mantra which windows advocates like
to chant. I guess it has a calming influence for them as they
navigate the labyrinth of installing new hardware on their
machines. The mantra goes like this, windows has better device
support. This mantra, while boosting the superiority complex of
windows advocates, is simply a myth.
"It is said that myths generally have a germ of truth in them
and I have to agree. Many years ago windows did have superior
device support. That has all changed now. In fact the situation has
reversed. Linux now has superior device support when compared to
windows and arguably any other operating system. The reason for
this is due to the differences between the way windows and Linux
look at hardware device drivers.
"The model for windows device drivers is for a manufacturer to
bring out a product and produce a specially designed driver for
that product which must be installed for it to work. This driver
does not work for competing products which do the same thing."