Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 21:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks have been heralded as the foot in the door for Linux. With the launch of the earliest Eee PC models, Asus made a bold move by only offering them with Linux pre-installed; Microsoft soon responded by working with Asus to bring Windows XP to the next generation Eee PCs. Since then, Windows XP gained market share in the netbook segment rapidly, casting doubts over whether or not netbooks would really turn out to be that foot in the door. HP has today announced that its new HP Mini 1000 netbook will not be available with Linux pre-installed in Europe.
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RE[2]: HP is absolutely right
by WorknMan on Fri 6th Feb 2009 02:54 UTC in reply to "RE: HP is absolutely right"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Linux is more compatible with hardware out of the box than Windows is. If you were to do a fresh install on a computer using Windows and Linux, more things would work with Linux than Windows.


That doesn't really matter, since you can usually go to a vendor's website and download whatever Windows drivers you need. Or if you're really smart, you'd use driveragent.com and have it scan your machine and then let you download whatever you're missing ;)

Anyway, that's not really a relavent discussion for Netbooks, since you'll probably never be gutting them and replacing the inards.

I think what HP and other Netbook vendors should do is give you the option of Windows or no OS at all, and then just make sure all devices work with the latest Linux kernels. The feedback I have read about most of the bundled Linux distros that come with Netbooks have no been so positive, and most people who know how to use Linux will probably just format the hard drive anyway and install their favorite distro.

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

That doesn't really matter, since you can usually go to a vendor's website and download whatever Windows drivers you need


Yes, on hardware vendors websites you find Windows drivers, but very seldom Linux drivers (except ASUS and nVidia maybe). This is what is important: Having drivers available for your hardware; and hardware vendors hardly ever support Linux. If Linux doesn't support your peripheral out of the box, you're pretty much out of luck. Not to mention the difficulty installing and debugging the installation of a driver on Linux compared to the seemless trouble-free installation of drivers on Windows.

Linux users have to admit it.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Yes, on hardware vendors websites you find Windows drivers, but very seldom Linux drivers (except ASUS and nVidia maybe). This is what is important: Having drivers available for your hardware; and hardware vendors hardly ever support Linux. If Linux doesn't support your peripheral out of the box, you're pretty much out of luck. Not to mention the difficulty installing and debugging the installation of a driver on Linux compared to the seemless trouble-free installation of drivers on Windows.

Linux users have to admit it.

I agree that driver installation on Linux is unnecessary complex if you have hardware not supported by the mainline kernel or a specific patch maintained by your os of choice. But... trouble-free driver installation on Windows? Roflmao! I'm guessing you've never had to deal with a windows system where a driver installation went horribly wrong, or a driver became corrupted. If you had, you wouldn't say it was seemless. Quite the contrary, a malfunctioning driver on Windows can easily render the system unbootable, regardless of how essential the driver is. I've had the simplest driver issues bring Windows to its knees, the most memorable being a time when a corrupted file from the driver for a Canoscan Lide 50 USB scanner rendered an XP system completely unbootable, it would hang at the windows logo.
I'm not a fan of the driver situation on Linux by any stretch. On UNIX systems though, be they linux or *BSD or even OS X, malfunctioning drivers don't usually stop the system from booting, unless they're essential such as an hd controller driver. I certainly can't say the same about Windows.

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