Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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In Ubuntu Hardy Heron (the latest, I believe) my ralink wifi adapter works right out of the first installation. The version before (forget the name) required installation of external drivers and command line configuration. Thats ONE version iteration, which speaks to the pace of Linux development.

Hardy Heron (8.04) is the most recent Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu. Intrepid Ibex (8.10) is the most recent release of Ubuntu. Jaunty Jakalope (not yet released as 9.04) is due out as an Alpha 5 pre-release today or tomorrow. The recently announced Karmic Koala will be the next version after that.

Hardy did not contain many dirvers for netbook wireless. A raft of "Ubuntu for your EEEPC" or "Easy Peasy" (Google for it) style projects sprang up, offering specially-compiled kernel versions ann a re-mastered liveCD release that could be booted from USB sticks.

Intrepid Ibex did start to include drivers for quite a few of the netbook models, but not all. It was still often necessary to hook into a wired network via the ethernet port to download a driver before the wireless would work properly.

Jaunty Jackalope has netbook support as a focus. It should install and run everything-works-out-of-the-box on most currently available netbooks.

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