Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 14:28 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has struck back at claims made by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc about Windows' success in netbooks compared to Linux. Most of the claims made by LeBlanc are refuted quite accurately by Canonical's Chris Kenyon in a blog post titled "Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market".
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Now, be honest, please.
by Liquidator on Thu 9th Apr 2009 16:42 UTC
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I already addressed the issue of hardware support in our original coverage of Microsoft's blog post. Microsoft implied that Linux' hardware support is inferior to that of Windows, but that's downright nonsense, of course, and Kenyon agrees. "Ubuntu and most Linux distributions support over 3000 printers over 1000 digital cameras, and over 200 webcams. It also supports them without the need to search for drivers on dubious websites or load drivers from a CD. Just plug and play."

Ok, please, stop spreading FUD. While I consider Microsoft's FUD plain gross, I don't accept FUD from the Linux community either.

Yes, Linux ships with more drivers than Windows XP BUT counting these drivers that are standard with the OS and the myriad of drivers you can find on manufacturers web sites in their download area, of course, there are A LOT MORE Windows drivers out there than there are for Linux.

Is this Linux's fault? No. But this is the reality, and it is f#cking important for someone who already has his own hardware (compared to some one who hasn't bought his hardware yet). I have an Ubuntu partition on my computer. Ubuntu does NOT work with a number of peripherals that I have. I doesn't work with my DVB-T board Terratec Cynergy HT PCI. It doesn't work with my Canon LBP2900P. It doesn't work with my Plustek scanner and it doesn't work either with my Dazzle DV Editor board.

So yes, it's great, there are so many drivers with Linux, while there are almost none with Windows. Problem is most of the time, the driver you need isn't available for Linux, especially for peripherals (video boards, printers, scanners, specialty boards, DVB boards). And if your default Linux install doesn't provide the driver, you're pretty much out of luck because the hardware manufacturer only provides drivers for Mac and Windows. If you use Windows, it works out of the box most of the time. But you don't even have to bother using the driver that ships with the OS (it's old-dated already), just head over to the manufacturer's web site, download the driver, install it, and that's it.

So please stop lying. There are many, many more drivers available for Windows. Some people new to Linux could believe you after repeating such nonsense on and on.

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