Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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Manufacturers create barebones/poor performing drivers just to show a modicum of support and leave out features like ink level monitoring or don't update them to the latest standards.

Actually I don't know if there is some ink monitoring capacity in the driver for my brother dcp-j125 printer but really I couldn't care less, there's a display on the printer which warns (with sound) when one of the ink patrons are running short. I wouldn't run some constant monitoring crap in the tray even if it is available.

So it seems that by barebones you mean drivers which doesn't come with a shitload of crap programs placing themselves in autorun like on Windows then yes, I'm f***ing glad I have barebone drivers.

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