Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Apr 2010 13:10 UTC
Linux We all know Synaptics, the company that seems to produce just about every touchpad you can get your hands fingers on. Their touchpads also do a lot of multitouch and gesture stuff, but up until now, their set of gestures, the Synaptics Gesture Suite, was only available on Windows. Luckily, they've ported it over to Linux, and made it available for OEMs building Linux laptops.
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RE[4]: Comment by spinnekopje
by bornagainenguin on Tue 20th Apr 2010 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by spinnekopje"
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spiderman declared...

That is because you purchased a computer for Windows and tried installing linux on it.

I'm sorry, but that's a bad assumption on your part.

I have an ASUS eeepc 901L, the L stands for Linux and my eeepc came with Xandros installed. The hardware should be completely supported then, right? I mean, it has Linux in the name, right?

Not so much... First off the Xandros installed was the same version in use on the 701 models, which ran an entirely different processor! Skipping past the whole issue of how quickly ASUS dropped support for their Linux models once Microsoft made them an offer they couldn't refuse...I quickly installed Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 on the netbook and made use of the community provided kernel put together by Adam McDaniel. That lasted until Jaunty 9.04, where upon he declared there was now sufficient support in the native kernel and we should all use that.

Except the drivers Ralink released aren't free enough, so they were quickly yanked and now I am unable to get a good WiFi connection on my eeepc without running an increasingly depreciated and duct-taped older versions of Ubuntu. The drivers are available on the Ralink site, if I follow the instructions I can have a working WiFi that will work quite well--until there is a kernel update and once again I have to fiddle with the whole make make install thing again. I couldn't do it at all if it weren't for instructions on the Ubuntu Forums...

Then there's the whole loveliness that was the Intel drivers fiasco. I specifically got a laptop with Intel video because I wanted to have good Linux support, cleanly in the kernel without having to have binary blobs... For years the community said "Give us the specs and we'll write the drivers ourselves!" and so Intel obliged them. And before you even try to deflect, I do not have a poulsbo chipset, I have an Intel 945GSE, which should have been supported by now. Yet I suffered the regression there and across every distro that wasn't using alpha quality drivers rushed out the door early.

Those are just two examples of the issues I've had on this "Linux netbook" that I researched ahead of time and confirmed all hardware was working at the time of purchase. I just didn't anticipate the kernel developers and the distro makers working so diligently to break compatibility after the fact...


PS: I am hardly the only one who has purchased hardware known to work with Linux and be "Linux compatible" only to have that compatibility be broken at a later time. Ask yourself how many others simply walked away when their installs broke and never said anything beyond grousing "This Linux junk don't work!" and resolving not to waste their money on the "inferior copy" and to just buy Windows next time?

Edited 2010-04-20 23:51 UTC

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