Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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Devi1903
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2009-11-05

things like audio and screen resolution.


I would like to see you getting as many graphics cards and sound cards working on windows without a driver disk as you can get working on ubuntu without a driver disk!

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

You can download drivers these days on Windows. AMD drivers can be downloaded from the website. And guess what? I just run the EXE, click next a few times and it works! Amazing! And even if I don't have the drivers, I can count on VESA working and not being entirely unusably slow as is the case on Linux.

But really, rare is the hardware that doesn't work out of the box on Windows, certainly not for most consumers. On Linux, they still don't even support at all many common graphics cards and probably won't for some time. Driver disk won't even help you there. You just have to wait...or buy different hardware, usually some that's at least 4-6 years old.

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

You can download drivers these days on Windows. AMD drivers can be downloaded from the website. And guess what? I just run the EXE, click next a few times and it works! Amazing! And even if I don't have the drivers, I can count on VESA working and not being entirely unusably slow as is the case on Linux.

But really, rare is the hardware that doesn't work out of the box on Windows, certainly not for most consumers. On Linux, they still don't even support at all many common graphics cards and probably won't for some time. Driver disk won't even help you there. You just have to wait...or buy different hardware, usually some that's at least 4-6 years old.


How long have you been in this game? Updated Windows drivers are *very* difficult to get working with all your (upgraded) software. Everyone I help maintain their Windows boxes for (since they can't do it themselves, unlike Ubuntu's Update Manager after I've done an initial installation) has older (4-8 years) PCs that you can't get drivers for. They don't want new hardware. Therefore, Windows *sux* for them, since patching/upgrading the OS to prevent the flood of Windows malware breaks stuff and you can't often get new drivers to fix it.

Windows drivers are *excellent* for the first two years you get a machine. After that, it is a lottery. Upgrading every two years is not only wasteful, it is often not economically viable for many. => The Windows model is not superior, just different when you consider long-life hardware.

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

You can download drivers these days on Windows. AMD drivers can be downloaded from the website. And guess what? I just run the EXE, click next a few times and it works! Amazing! And even if I don't have the drivers, I can count on VESA working and not being entirely unusably slow as is the case on Linux.


You have to do what to get your drivers? Surely your drivers are brought to you promptly via Update Manager and you only then have the decision to make to choose between the manufacturer's driver or the OS's (Open Source) one. A single click and password entry and *everything* on your system can be updated.

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