Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jan 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses."
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RE[2]: Sigh...
by phoehne on Fri 5th Jan 2007 00:06 UTC in reply to "Sigh..."
phoehne
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2006-08-26

Driver issues are the biggest PITA. I didn't run Linux on my laptop for the longest time because it had a Broadcom wireless chip. I switched to an Atheros PCMCIA card, so I could use all 64 glorious bits on my CPU. (There was no 64 bit windows driver I could steal). If ATI, Atheros, or NVidia are willing to post drivers, I don't see why distros need to be categorically opposed to providing some degree of support.

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RE[3]: Sigh...
by glarepate on Fri 5th Jan 2007 08:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Sigh..."
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2006-01-04

I don't see why distros need to be categorically opposed to providing some degree of support.

A distro provider has control of the product they are offering. They built it, they maintain it, they improve it. Their expertise is the value added to the thousands of individual pieces and packages that makes the distribution into something you want or, for that matter, don't want if their product doesn't appeal to you.

How do you support a binary blob [that you don't have the source for]? If it works then there is no support issue. If it doesn't the distro provider is caught between the users and the vendor.

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