Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:49 UTC
Linux Efforts to bring glitzy new graphics to Linux are fueling an old conflict: Does proprietary software belong in open-source Linux? The issue involves software modules called drivers, which plug into the kernel at the heart of the open-source operating system. Drivers let software communicate with hardware such as network adapters, hard drives and video cards.
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RE[3]: My answer is YES
by raver31 on Tue 18th Apr 2006 22:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My answer is YES"
raver31
Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows does not play dvd and divx out of the box. Windows cannot play quicktime or realplayer files out of the box.
Windows cannot edit MS Word files out of the box.
Windows cannot edit MS Excel files out of the box.

Windows does not have full drivers for Nvidia or Ati out of the box.

So, by your logic, is Windows ready for the desktop ?
Certainly not for mine.

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RE[4]: My answer is YES
by sappyvcv on Tue 18th Apr 2006 22:38 in reply to "RE[3]: My answer is YES"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows does not play dvd and divx out of the box.

Correct, but OEM computers and dvd drives tend to come with DVD software. Just plop the CD/DVD in, install it, and you're good to go. Everyone knows how to put a CD/DVD in and click a few buttons.

Windows cannot edit MS Word files out of the box.
Windows cannot edit MS Excel files out of the box.

It can read/write rtf files if a home user needs basic stuff.

Windows does not have full drivers for Nvidia or Ati out of the box.

No, but any OEM computers with ATI/Nvidia cards will have the drivers preinstalled. If you buy a card and install it yourself, you get the drivers on a CD/DVD and just pop the CD/DVD in and you're good to go.

It's a better user experience.

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RE[5]: My answer is YES
by raver31 on Tue 18th Apr 2006 22:46 in reply to "RE[4]: My answer is YES"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

maybe so....

but, Windows will do none of the above out of the box. It is well behind Linux as a desktop. I gave examples of a few things Windows could not do, you replied back with

1: 3rd party add-on support
2: Saving in a non standard format
3: Expecting people to buy a manufactured PC
4: Not all driver CDs work.. and you know that.


No way is it a better user experience,,,, it is an experience,,,, but not a good one.
I stick with Suse 10 thank you.

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RE[4]: My answer is YES
by Babi Asu on Wed 19th Apr 2006 01:02 in reply to "RE[3]: My answer is YES"
Babi Asu Member since:
2006-02-11

Windows does not have full drivers for Nvidia or Ati out of the box.

Either you didn't aware or were being ingorant, when you buy ATI/Nvidia card, there is also windows driver CD in the box. But for linux driver, often you must download it yourself and hack the kernel to load the driver.

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RE[5]: My answer is YES
by Finalzone on Wed 19th Apr 2006 05:29 in reply to "RE[4]: My answer is YES"
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

Either you didn't aware or were being ingorant, when you buy ATI/Nvidia card, there is also windows driver CD in the box.

Windows CD does not include hardware accelarated driver (3D graphic for other people) from either ATI and Nvidia. You will have to download them to enable these features so this is no diffrent from some Linux distros.

But for linux driver, often you must download it yourself and hack the kernel to load the driver.
Many linux distros have a repository to get these kind of drivers (Universe for Ubuntu, Livna for Fedora) that users can enable. Commercial distros such as Mandriva, Xandros and SUSE include them in their medias.

Edited 2006-04-19 05:40

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