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Community: HP is Commited to Linux... Really?

Jun 08, 2004, 23:30 (7 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Franck for this contribution. ]

I don't want to make this contribution a rant but I think it is time to clear the situation on the announcements made from various vendors, including HP, about their support of Linux.

Their idea of support seems to mean to these vendors that some of their hardware is going to work with Linux and at best that their server line will work with Linux.

But it appears that when a new product range is designed, choices are made around the availability of drivers for Windows, not Linux.

It is especially true with laptops, which include state-of-the-art hardware to minimize space while maximizing capabilities. When you browse on the Internet, you will see that the most difficulties between Linux and hardware surround laptops. Take, for instance, the HP nx9110: the hardware is based around ATI chipsets. The modem, sound, and wireless (not ATI) are not supported by recent Linux kernels.

While a new product is developed, it would be easy to work with the kernel developers to integrate the drivers for new hardware. By the time the product hits the shelves, the Linux kernel would be ready.

Will vendors make their choices at design time to ensure that Linux runs on their hardware? It would be nice that they practice what they preach: Linux support.

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