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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

" 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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You have it slightly the wrong way around. It is a case of "Certain hardware does not support xyz OS", rather than "xyz OS does not support certain hardware".

For example, certain older hardware, typically anything that was out of production by the time that Vista was released, supports only Windows XP and Linux. This is true of a substantial percentage of printers still in use ... there is a driver CD for that printer for Windows XP and earlier, and Linux has a driver, but the printer does not support Vista or Windows 7.

As far as Lexmark printers goes, here is the state of play:

http://www.openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi?make=Lexmark

In general Lexmark doesn't have particularly good support for Linux, so I would buy one. The ink is hellishly expensive anyway.

Mind you, most of those Lexmark printers listed above wouldn't have a driver for Vista or Windows 7 either, so in general the Lexmark support for current Windows is even worse.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

For example, certain older hardware, typically anything that was out of production by the time that Vista was released, supports only Windows XP and Linux. This is true of a substantial percentage of printers still in use ... there is a driver CD for that printer for Windows XP and earlier, and Linux has a driver, but the printer does not support Vista or Windows 7.


Indeed. I did an internship with Floyd County as a tech back when I was an undergrad, around the time Vista launched. We got in a whole bunch of new machines running Vista, and it was my job to configure and deploy them. The biggest problem we had was printer drivers: for a lot of our very old (parallel-port) printers, there was just no way to get them working with Vista. IIRC, we had to downgrade several machines to XP, basically so they'd work with the printers we had. I think we also held back several machines for the assayer's office, also because of compatability issues with old hardware and software.

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