Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jun 2007 13:42 UTC, submitted by Michael
3D News, GL, DirectX "At Phoronix we are constantly exploring the different display drivers under Linux, and while we have reviewed Sun's Check Tool and test motherboards with Solaris in addition to covering a few other areas, we have yet to perform a graphics driver comparison between Linux and Solaris. That is until today. With interest in Solaris on the rise thanks to Project Indiana, we have decided to finally offer our first quantitative graphics comparison between Linux and Solaris with the NVIDIA proprietary drivers."
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RE[3]: Technical articles
by flanque on Mon 25th Jun 2007 04:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Technical articles"
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

Clearly your experience with Windows these days relies mostly on the quality of the drivers for your hardware.


I think poor drivers are the cause of a vast majority of instability slack Windows gets.

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RE[4]: Technical articles
by trooper9 on Mon 25th Jun 2007 04:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Technical articles"
trooper9 Member since:
2007-04-27

I think poor drivers are the cause of a vast majority of instability slack Windows gets.


Completely agree. XP has been very stable for me. I've had one blue screen on one of three systems I run XP on since moving from 98. It was a vid card (bad vid card) that gorked the system.

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RE[4]: Technical articles
by porcel on Mon 25th Jun 2007 10:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Technical articles"
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

An OS that lets a bad driver bring down the whole machine is poorly designed.

Additionally, Windows is bound to have bad drivers forever as most motherboard manufacturers have little economic incentive to fix poor drivers on hardware that's over six months old. The push to be first to market and the quick obsolesence of hardware means that most bad drivers stay bad. Since the close-source nature of Windows makes it impossible to fix these drivers, I would say that this is also a design decision that users end up paying dearly for and that the Windows OS and the company behind must be held accountable for the problems created by their design and licensing choices.

To say, oh, but windows works wonderfully if you find the right choice of drivers is to create a moving target, so that no valid critique can ever be leveraged against it, because someone can always claim that if I only had the right driver combination, things would be dandy.

Wake up and smell the coffee.

Edited 2007-06-25 10:19

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RE[5]: Technical articles
by chris_dk on Mon 25th Jun 2007 15:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Technical articles"
chris_dk Member since:
2005-07-12

An OS that lets a bad driver bring down the whole machine is poorly designed.

Then by your standard, Linux is poorly designed.

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