Linked by Rahul on Sun 2nd Nov 2008 19:24 UTC
Linux Greg Kroah-Hartman is a longtime developer of the Linux kernel, known for his work maintaining USB drivers. O'Reilly Media recently interviewed Greg about his claim that the Linux kernel now supports more devices than any other operating system ever has, as well as why binary-only drivers are illegal, and how the kernel development process works. "I went and asked every single hardware manufacturer, the big guys that ship the boxes, Dell, IBM, HP--what do you ship that isn't supported by Linux? They came back with nothing. Everything is supported by Linux. If you have a device that isn't supported by Linux that's being shipped today, let me know.". If you would like to take up Greg KH on his claim, his email address is greg AT
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RE: Uhm
by nick on Mon 3rd Nov 2008 05:22 UTC in reply to "Uhm"
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Dear Greg,

It's not about how many devices you support. It's about how well you support them, and how easy it is to get that support working.


What are you trying to imply by that?

It might be claimed that Windows better supports devices for PC class hardware. But on the other hand, I have seen a report showing a large number of NT kernel crashes attributed to drivers. So without some reasonable evidence, I don't think such a thing can just be asserted as true.

As for how easy to get that support working, do you mean from a user's perspective, or driver / architecture port writer? If it is from a user's perspective, then again, I would like to see some quantifiable evidence. I know that it is easier for me to get Linux drivers working than Windows, because I'm more comfortable in that environment.

From the other perspective.. again, evidence.

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