Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 12:08 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux There are several ways to run Windows programs on Linux (virtualisation, WINE) and vice versa really isn't a problem either with Cygwin, or better yet, native ports thanks to the Windows variants of Gtk+ and Qt. Still, what if Windows support was built straight into the Linux kernel? Is something like that even possible? Sure it is, and the Chinese figured it'd be an interesting challenge, and called it the Linux Unified Kernel.
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RE: Driver support???? YEAH!!!
by Lennie on Thu 28th May 2009 23:17 UTC in reply to "Driver support???? YEAH!!!"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

Not to rain down on your parade to much, but printer drivers do not live in the Linux-kernel. And to be complete, video-drivers don't live in the Linux-kernel either, we'll until recently anyway. They are moving a small part into the kernel now.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Not to rain down on your parade to much, but printer drivers do not live in the Linux-kernel.


Not to rain down on your parade to much, but LUK could probably accomodate running Windows printer drivers.

To further muddy this picture ... Linux rather than Windows probably has the more complete set of printer drivers. Since OEMs are expected to write Windows drivers, currently shipping versions of Windows will typically fail to have drivers for a lot of hardware that was out of production when the version of Windows first came out. Where is the incentive for a printer OEM to write a driver for Vista or Windows 7 for a printer model they stopped making (and therefore selling) some years ago?

This situation is exacerbated on Windows because both Vista and Windows 7, I believe, will not install the XP drivers that are typically all that the printer actually shipped with, and the Linux drivers won't work on Vista or Windows 7 either.

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