Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 19:06 UTC
Linux We all know them. We all hate them. They are generally overdone, completely biased, or so vague they border on the edge of pointlessness (or toppled over said edge). Yes, I'm talking about those "Is Linux ready for the desktop" articles. Still, this one is different.
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RE: Comment by PatR
by lithium on Tue 19th May 2009 09:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by PatR"
lithium
Member since:
2005-06-29

What you say is correct of course but at the same time, it's a non-issue because you kind of miss the point: If you need the latest driver or application version you have three choices on linux:

a) Upgrade to the latest distribution release which has the new driver/app nicely integrated. No real problem as most distributions release twice a year.

b) Use a rolling distribution.

c) Compile yourself.

One of those options should fit your needs. One has to accept that the distribution model that Linux uses is just fundamentally different than Windows, like it or not.

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RE[2]: Comment by PatR
by PatR on Tue 19th May 2009 09:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by PatR"
PatR Member since:
2009-05-18

That said, a) and b) are no valid options for the usual user or companies. Rolling distro means it can produce bugs that can't be resolved by everyone. So you really want the average Joe to update a whole distro, because he say bought himself a TV usb stick? And what if the new distro isnt out yet, or doesnt include those drivers? What if the environment is nice, and I like it. I also like the programs I have.

And you dont have to argue about companies in that point.

And c) well, maybe I can do that, but thats it. I think to 99% of the people none of those 3 options fit.

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RE[3]: Comment by PatR
by lithium on Tue 19th May 2009 09:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PatR"
lithium Member since:
2005-06-29

Not installing individual driver/app packages is *especially* the way to go for companies. Who would risk breaking a working but slightly outdated system for a new software?

In the case of "I want support for my new tv card but keep my old system". Heh... well, say, I would love to run my new tv card on Windows 98, same problem. Drivers often need a new kernel, xorg, mesa etc release which are all *not* components you can just replace easily.

There's a trick however: inform yourself before buying new hardware! If you want to use it on Win98 (Ubuntu 7.x) but it only offers support for WinXP+ (Ubuntu 9.x), don't buy or live with the fact that you need to upgrade.

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