Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 13th Apr 2007 11:19 UTC
Microsoft "It seems unfortunate if we do this work and get our partners to do the work and the result is that Linux works great without having to do the work" said Bill Gates in 1999 (pdf). While we don't know if he actually managed to do just that (creating problems to other OSes to work well with ACPI), but if he did, it is a good explanation why ACPI has been flaky on the majority of x86 computers with anything else other than Windows (the older, APM standard, seemed more compatible with alternative OSes).
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How could Linux possibly benefit from something like that "without having to do the work"?

Maybe thinking and writing all the ACPI specifications ? It was co-developed by Microsoft.

So Linux can use the specification, but no Linux developers have participated to the writing of the specs.

Perhaps I am wrong, but it is how the statement can be read.

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