Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2005 19:01 UTC, submitted by Inhibit
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "One of the often cited reasons for not switching away from MS Windows is it's breadth of commodity hardware support. The argument often goes something like this: 'Since Windows supports all the hardware I have why would I want to risk it not working under Linux? It's better to continue to use what I know will work.' While that may be true in and of itself, I'm finding this argument to involve a limited outlook."
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Very true
by Morgan on Fri 11th Nov 2005 03:23 UTC
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I can say from first-hand experience that Linux does indeed offer more complete support for certain devices. My motherboard (ASUS A7N8X-E) has an integrated NForce 5.1 channel audio chipset. In Windows, there is currently no way to utilize the yellow Center/LFE connector on the I/O panel. Instead, I am forced to give up my Mic connector in order to use the Center/LFE plug on my speakers. In Linux, this is not the case. I can choose to either plug it in to the Center/LFE connector or the Mic connector, and I simply select which one to use in the software mixer. It's nice to be able to record audio and watch a DVD back-to-back without having to pull out my tower and swap cables.

I will even go as far as to say that the only area where Linux lags behind Windows in driver support is printers and scanners, at least in my experience. My Lexmark X6150 all-in-one is a paperweight as far as Ubuntu 5.10 is concerned; there simply isn't a decent printer driver nor is there a SANE scanning backend at all for that device.

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