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[5]: Now, be honest, please.
by lemur2 on Fri 10th Apr 2009 06:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Now, be honest, please."
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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.

There are a lot of devices still in use today that no company still sells today. In fact, the majority of working devices probably fit into that description.

Vista and Windows 7 use a different driver model than XP does, so that having an XP driver available for a device is not good enough if your machine is vista or Windows 7.

There is no money to be made, and no motivation, for a company to write a new Vista/Windows 7 driver for a device they no longer sell.

Ergo, most devices still in use, that were out of production when Vista came out, and hence have only an XP driver, now are devices that don't support Windows. That is to say, if you buy a new Windows machine, your device won't work with it because there is no driver.

Edited 2009-04-10 06:09 UTC

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