Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Sep 2005 14:08 UTC
Novell and Ximian The high costs of migrating from Windows XP to Windows Vista will be the catalyst that encourages more companies to seriously consider moving to desktop Linux, according to open source and networking company Novell on Monday.
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voidlogic
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2005-09-03

I just installed Ubntu 5.10 beta with no problems on a eMachines laptop, a IBM thinikpad, and a two Dell Percison workstations, a newer 3.0 GHz, and a couple year old 2.4 Ghz.If you were haveing issues with 4.10 (some-what common), or 5.04 (i have never had any) you should try 5.10. It seems to be working very well for my clients. It also loaded it on a brand new powerbook, no issues.

I provide Ubuntu support to many people as a consultant (it is the only distro of linux we support) and have seen no evidence of problems on "mainstream pre-built computers"

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doug Member since:
2005-07-07

If you don't believe me, go to the Ubuntu wiki. Look at the laptop reports and what few deskop reports are there. About 50% you see some problem with hardware compatibility, like no sound, can't install, etc. Look up SATA on the bugzillas for ubuntu and gentoo. My only point was that we need to get in gear and improve hardware compatibility, go that last extra mile. If Linux devs can't keep up with all the new hardware constantly coming out, then another thing that can help is for hardware vendors and linux distributors to collaborate more to ensure compatibility.

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voidlogic Member since:
2005-09-03

I agree that hardware support needs improvment. I guess my personal experence is not having any problems with Ubuntu 5.04 and 5.10 that I could not fix easily. I think the Linux needs to be more open to closed source drivers. I totally understand why the nVidia Driver is closed source, it makes since. If it was not ATI would benifit. Think they should simply ensure there is a good infrastructure for those drivers to hook into. Distros need to ship these drivers as well. I'm all for opensource all software but drivers. Closed source drivers make sense.

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