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 mat69 on Thu 9th Apr 2009 17:01 UTC in reply to "Now, be honest, please."
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I think you can hardly compare Linux and Windows on a driver base without giving context. E.g. Linux supports many technologies that Windows does not like ARM.

While Windows XP may not have that many default drivers that is no surprise after all, first Windows XP is _old_ while there are constantly new versions of Linux distributions with new kernel versions etc. and second they have no central way to install drivers from the net yet, what could solve the problem outlined before (Windows 7 is supposed to fix that).

Though I guess it is safe to say that windows has more support for peripheral devices than Linux so far.

"Problem is most of the time, the driver you need isn't available for Linux"

Well that is not a fact. Maybe it is your perception, but those people who don't have that problem (simply plug and play) probably would disagree. It really depends on what devices you have, you may be one of the lucky ones without any problems or another that is riddled with them.

E.g. my printer (choose a faster driver though), my scanner, my fathers camera, my brothers camera, my graphics card (R500 series) work all out of the box. While all of these aspects need further care on Windows XP.

"If you use Windows, it works out of the box most of the time"

For me most devices do not work out of the box on Windows XP, not even close, e.g. repainting is so slow, maybe 2 fps. Windows 7 tries to fix that -- imo a great thing -- though I have not tested that myself.

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You probably mean the ARM architecture...Seriously, other than technicians, who really uses or needs this support? There's no advantage at all IMO.

I think I wouldn't care if Windows didn't ship with any driver at all. After all, as you said, drivers are outdated on Windows, and you can find these drivers on the manufacturor's web site. Not having a central location to get drivers is not a problem at all, it even gives manufacturers more freedom (remember the nag screen saying the manufacturer hasn't paid the tax and therefore is not verified - use at your own risk).

I'm always amazed to see people not having hardware compatibility issues with Linux...I mean...There are so many threads of new users complaining on Linux forums that their peripheral isn't recognized, and some other senior users sometimes saying they are out of luck, or sometimes asking to recompile the kernel with a beta-quality module...It's a terrible experience for a new user who wants to use his existing hardware.

For me, some hardware doesn't work out of the box on Windows either. But I don't care, I just go to the manufacturer's web site. At least I have a solution. This is not the case with Ubuntu. If it doesn't work out of the box, it won't work.

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