Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 14:28 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has struck back at claims made by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc about Windows' success in netbooks compared to Linux. Most of the claims made by LeBlanc are refuted quite accurately by Canonical's Chris Kenyon in a blog post titled "Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market".
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RE: Now, be honest, please.
by Vanders on Thu 9th Apr 2009 16:58 UTC in reply to "Now, be honest, please."
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Ubuntu does NOT work with a number of peripherals that I have. I doesn't work with my DVB-T board Terratec Cynergy HT PCI. It doesn't work with my Canon LBP2900P. It doesn't work with my Plustek scanner and it doesn't work either with my Dazzle DV Editor board.

Great, but I can also name hardware that doesn't have Windows drivers: it was a huge problem with Vista, and still is a problem for some users. It's swings and roundabouts, but what Conanical have said is certainly not FUD.

It's not untrue to say that Linux has more drivers available out of the box, and it's more likely to support average consumer hardware, which a lot of the kit you list isn't.

By the way, are you sure about that Canon LBP2900:

Edited 2009-04-09 17:00 UTC

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If it's not FUD, it's not true either (I explained why). My Canon printer isn't supported by Intrepid Ibex at least. I have to reboot and to use my USB key to open the file in Windows to print it if I need to.

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My Canon printer isn't supported by Intrepid Ibex at least.

I just posted a link to the OpenPrinting page for the Canon LBP2900 which indicates that Canon provide perfectly good drivers from their website. Have you tried them?

Besides which I am still correct in saying that Linux supports more consumer hardware out of the box than Windows and that there is hardware which does not have Windows drivers just as there is hardware which does not have Linux drivers.

Your individual anecdote doesn't make a case study, and it does neither refutes nor strengthens the claims that either Microsoft or Conanical are making.

Edited 2009-04-09 17:16 UTC

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