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: Comment by PatR
by lithium on Tue 19th May 2009 10:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by PatR"
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You mentioned the point: windows has longer release cycles, which is fine for commercial software. For free software this makes no sense however.

Heh... sure you are "free" to use binary-only software and drivers, but assuming Linux or any free software component has any obligation to make sure this binary keeps working over the years is just very, very wrong.

I know a lot of people assume this has to be the case but if you think about it, it's deeply flawed assumption. Therefore, don't consider a binary driver as "supported by linux": it is supported in a special version of linux as long as the vendor likes to supportĀ¹ it.

[1] Companies are not really interested in doing this. Sure, it costs some money. But most of all, the company wants to sell new hardware (!)

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