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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RE[5]: Now, be honest, please.
by Vanders on Thu 9th Apr 2009 17:55 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Now, be honest, please."
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"there is hardware which does not have Windows drivers

Ok, give me an example. I doubt this is a popular consumer product. No sensible company would sell a device that is pluggable into a PC and that doesn't support Windows.

I never said "consumer" specifically, but as you mention it, a lot of "older" printers & scanners from HP, Canon & Epson (amongst others) are unsupported and will remain so, as the printer driver model was changed in Vista. I also own an Aureal Vortex sound card which isn't supported in anything newer than Windows 2k yet will work perfectly fine out of the box in any recent Linux distribution. You might say that this is unfair as Aureal have been out of business for a decade but it works in Linux but not Windows, and it's still a darn good card.

On the non-consumer front there are very few HPC devices (I.e. interconnect cards) which even entertain the notion of supporting Windows.

"Your individual anecdote doesn't make a case study, and it does neither refutes nor strengthens the claims that either Microsoft or Conanical are making.

Yes it does.

No. No it really doesn't. There are just as many, if not more, people who have no problems at all with hardware support in Linux. The difference is they don't post about it online, because they have no need to do so.

Edited 2009-04-09 17:56 UTC

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