Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Feb 2010 19:06 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE And there we are, the KDE team has released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, formerly known as, well, KDE. Major new features include social networking and online collaboration integration, the new netbook interface, the KAuth authentication framework, and a lot more.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

Hardware companies would rather support a system with 84% share than 1%.

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KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

Hardware companies would rather support a system with 84% share than 1%.

All mainstream hardware is supported by Linux and other related FOSS projects -- often with drivers officially provided by hardware manufacturers.

These days, you can get pretty much any PC off the shelf and a modern Linux distro works on it. In the worst case one has to download the drivers manually.

Sure, there is hardware that doesn't work with Linux, but you can just as well find hardware that doesn't work with Windows (usually slightly older hardware for which the manufacturer refuses to support newer Windows versions).

IMO overall Linux systems have broader hardware support than Windows -- even with its current 1%-2% market share.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


All mainstream hardware is supported by Linux and other related FOSS projects -- often with drivers officially provided by hardware manufacturers.

Lexmark printers are mainstream, are they supported? How about the iphone?


These days, you can get pretty much any PC off the shelf and a modern Linux distro works on it. In the worst case one has to download the drivers manually.

Out of curiosity I was wondering if anyone has had any success with Linux on a laptop I might buy. Hmm what do you know, wireless problems:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1364651

Let's try another laptop I was looking at, the Toshiba Satellite M505D-S497. Hmm look at this poor ACPI support:
http://laptopforums.toshiba.com/t5/Open-Topic/Linux/td-p/58737;jses...

So the worst case it is unsupported and the second worst case is that you have to download and compile the drivers, right? You think that is acceptable in 2010?


Sure, there is hardware that doesn't work with Linux, but you can just as well find hardware that doesn't work with Windows (usually slightly older hardware for which the manufacturer refuses to support newer Windows versions).

Every printer at best buy will work with Windows. Every laptop will work with Windows. The same can't be said for Linux so I find your comparison to be rather disingenuous.

Linux has better support than it used to but it isn't comparable to Windows, especially for new hardware. Describing the situation as comparable since Linux has support for legacy hardware presents a dishonest view for users. No one cares that Linux can support 16 bit sound cards. They'd rather have iphone/ipod support.

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