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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Linux hardware support
by sachindaluja on Thu 9th Apr 2009 17:29 UTC
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Microsoft implied that Linux' hardware support is inferior to that of Windows, but that's downright nonsense, of course, and Kenyon agrees. "Ubuntu and most Linux distributions support over 3000 printers over 1000 digital cameras, and over 200 webcams. It also supports them without the need to search for drivers on dubious websites or load drivers from a CD. Just plug and play."

Its not as much about how many devices Linux supports out of the box ("without the need to search for drivers"), but more about how many it supports outside of the box(when you actually need to search for drivers which are not built-in). And that number pales in comparison to Windows when you exclude drivers in the source code form (which are rather unwieldy for the end user) or those that are not supported by the device vendor.

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