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[2]: Now, be honest, please.
by Liquidator on Thu 9th Apr 2009 17:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Now, be honest, please."
Liquidator
Member since:
2007-03-04

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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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

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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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

I just found the driver on the Canon web site. To be honest, I hadn't searched it there. I found out the printer wasn't recognized, I searched on the web to see what other users had to say and I gave up.

Besides which I am still correct in saying that Linux supports more consumer hardware out of the box than Windows


YES, but who cares? I mean, in the end, what matters is being able to use your hardware, isn't it? If you have a driver, no matter if out of the box or from the manufacturer's web site, you can use your peripheral, and this is what you should focus your rationale on. With Linux, most of the time, if it's not out of the box, it's not available (well except for some Canon products ;) )

there is hardware which does not have Windows drivers


Ok, give me an example. I doubt this is a popular consumer product. No sensible company would sell a device that is pluggable into a PC and that doesn't support Windows.


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.


Yes it does. It does because I'm not the only one. Take a look at the Hardware section of the Linux Questions forum. Thousands of other examples.

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