Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 28th Oct 2007 03:48 UTC
Linux "I recently read this article about how the Linux device driver project needs more work to do. I pondered this for awhile, and came to a realization. While Linux still does indeed lack drivers for some hardware, I believe that the lack of drivers is no longer the largest technological obstacle to Linux adoption. The thing Linux needs to focus mostly on now is completeness, not quantity, of hardware support." Read on.
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why linux has bad impression on drivers
by Bahadir on Sun 28th Oct 2007 11:38 UTC
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2007-05-19

Today Linux supports the most number of devices compared to Windows, other BSDs including NetBSD. But yet still, we see articles like this coming up about Linux. The driver maintainers and linux enthusiasts go mad, because they are right that linux actually supports more devices than any other os.

So whats hindering the impression? Simple. It's the userspace. There's proper lack of a standard shell layer above the kernel, that would standardise the way devices get identified, configured, and used. I think nobody can deny this and if they do they won't convince me for a long time till they show me a distro that does it right.

When I plug in a device, (any device) some of the things I do are, check dmesg, check /proc/devices, (which is a cryptic major/minor pair database) maybe run lspci, maybe check some other place like /sys. It depends really. Sorry but this is what I call a mess.

Anyway, its getting there with projects like dbus, HAL and the like, but it's been a little bit late.

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