Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 19:06 UTC
Linux We all know them. We all hate them. They are generally overdone, completely biased, or so vague they border on the edge of pointlessness (or toppled over said edge). Yes, I'm talking about those "Is Linux ready for the desktop" articles. Still, this one is different.
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RE[3]: Comment by PatR
by lithium on Tue 19th May 2009 09:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PatR"
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Not installing individual driver/app packages is *especially* the way to go for companies. Who would risk breaking a working but slightly outdated system for a new software?

In the case of "I want support for my new tv card but keep my old system". Heh... well, say, I would love to run my new tv card on Windows 98, same problem. Drivers often need a new kernel, xorg, mesa etc release which are all *not* components you can just replace easily.

There's a trick however: inform yourself before buying new hardware! If you want to use it on Win98 (Ubuntu 7.x) but it only offers support for WinXP+ (Ubuntu 9.x), don't buy or live with the fact that you need to upgrade.

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