Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Mar 2008 17:57 UTC, submitted by CIozzio
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y PCMag compared Ubuntu, Windows, and Mac OS X to one another. "Now that the major OSs all run on Intel chips, the playing field is pretty leveled out. We compared the heavy hitters in an eight-point test to find who wins the OS battle."
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RE: Another myth
by Hozz on Mon 10th Mar 2008 21:59 UTC in reply to "Another myth"
Hozz
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2007-03-19

My thoughts exactly. He praised XP for having the best hardware support, and while that _is_ true, he didn't mention that just about no modern hardware works out of the box, without spending hours downloading huge driver packages (with built-in control panels that you seemingly cannot live without, oh how that grinds my gears)

My year-and-a-half-ish old PC only just boots XP, but after that, nothing works, not even the network (= no internet = no downloading drivers), which means I have to install the ancient drivers that came with the motherboard, reboot, download the new drivers, remove the old ones, reboot, install the new drivers, reboot, rinse, repeat. On Ubuntu, all but the graphics drivers work OOTB. That wins over support for cheap, crappy wireless devices any day in my book. After a typical XP install, I'll need at least 2-3 reboots to install drivers etc., with Ubuntu, it's 1, to install the proprietary GFX drivers, and that's it.

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RE[2]: Another myth
by Gunderwo on Mon 10th Mar 2008 23:50 in reply to "RE: Another myth"
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2006-01-03

After a typical XP install, I'll need at least 2-3 reboots to install drivers etc., with Ubuntu, it's 1, to install the proprietary GFX drivers, and that's it.


Or you can Ctrl-Alt-Backspace and login again in a few seconds on Linux. (or anything running X) ;)

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RE[3]: Another myth
by Hozz on Tue 11th Mar 2008 00:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Another myth"
Hozz Member since:
2007-03-19

Heh, you know what, even though I am aware of that fact, I still like to do a reboot to make sure it works properly, a leftover of my windows days. Old habits die hard :p

Still, gotta love the old ctrl-alt-bksp when toying around with xorg.conf to get TV-out working. I'm still hoping for the day when ATI/Nvidia make their apps work as they should, giving me a proper TV-out with just a few simple clicks, as they do in XP. I won't go into detail about it, but their ways of altering xorg.conf do _not_ make for a happy computing experience.

And this is very off topic. Sorry.

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