Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2005 17:24 UTC, submitted by Linuxfanboy
Windows "I do not consider Windows ready for the desktop. I found it difficult to use, buggy and lacking in security. I also found technical support lacking. While Windows captured a significant portion of the desktop market, the product is clearly not a good fit for consumers who do not understand the risks associated with logging on to the Internet. The costs of providing aftermarket products can run higher than the price paid for the hardware."
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RE: Tongue in cheek but true
by Morgan on Thu 29th Sep 2005 13:40 UTC in reply to "Tongue in cheek but true"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

So it is true that older windows drivers are getting harder to find.

I'll second that. I recently picked up a first-gen SoundBlaster Extigy (external USB sound device) from a thrift store for $5, with the intention of selling it for $15 or so to someone who needed such a thing, once I determined that it worked. It was bare, no power supply or software. Well, after rigging up a power supply from my parts bin, I plugged it into my Mac and OS X immediately recognized it and allowed me to play sounds and do other functions with it. Ditto for Ubuntu on the same machine. I had confirmed that the device worked, and therefore was salable (or so I thought).

When I plugged it into a WinXP system, however, Windows insisted on installing drivers that I obviously didn't have. "No problem", I said to myself; I went to Creative's website searching for drivers. Unfortunately, they stopped offering the drivers for download about two years ago. I tried searching Google with no luck. Driverguide.com was no help either. My only options were to either find someone else with the same device and copy their driver disc, or look on eBay for an auction of the device with its software. The device is now sitting in my closet collecting dust.

This is only one example of the opposing views towards drivers that Linux and Windows maintain. In Linux, the older the hardware, generally the better supported it is. In Windows, good luck running the latest version of the OS on anything more than four years old. Granted, this is more the fault of hardware manufacturers and less a Microsoft thing, but it makes it difficult to choose Windows over Linux on older hardware.

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