Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Apr 2010 13:10 UTC
Linux We all know Synaptics, the company that seems to produce just about every touchpad you can get your hands fingers on. Their touchpads also do a lot of multitouch and gesture stuff, but up until now, their set of gestures, the Synaptics Gesture Suite, was only available on Windows. Luckily, they've ported it over to Linux, and made it available for OEMs building Linux laptops.
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RE[3]: Comment by spinnekopje
by spiderman on Tue 20th Apr 2010 13:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by spinnekopje"
spiderman
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2008-10-23

Try installing Vista on Qemu. I did it once. It required deep hacking at the time. I don't know if that has improved since then but the point stands. If your hardware is not supported by your OS, you will have to hack. You will have to hack on Linux and you will have to hack on Windows. Really, it is just a matter of choosing your components. If you want to run Windows, don't buy an ARM computer. If you want to run Linux, don't buy an Atheros card.

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RE[4]: Comment by spinnekopje
by siride on Tue 20th Apr 2010 13:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by spinnekopje"
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2006-01-02

Okay, you're installing Vista on Qemu, so of course it's going to be difficult. It's hardly an indictment against Vista (other things are, of course).

But the fact of the matter is, your hardware WILL be supported on Windows, because all consumer hardware is meant to work with Windows at the very least. Maybe right after a Windows release you might have to wait. Big deal. On Linux you can wait for years and still not get full support (see: graphics drivers). And generally speaking, you do NOT have to hack around to get things working on Windows. The vendors have already done that for you. I know you can pull up this anecdote or that special case, but the general reality is that things do Just Work on Windows and that's how it is for 99% of the users out there.

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RE[5]: Comment by spinnekopje
by spiderman on Tue 20th Apr 2010 14:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by spinnekopje"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

your hardware WILL be supported on Windows, because all consumer hardware is meant to work with Windows at the very least. Maybe right after a Windows release you might have to wait. Big deal. On Linux you can wait for years and still not get full support (see: graphics drivers). And generally speaking, you do NOT have to hack around to get things working on Windows. The vendors have already done that for you. I know you can pull up this anecdote or that special case, but the general reality is that things do Just Work on Windows and that's how it is for 99% of the users out there.

Well that's not true. The Gdium is more than one year old and still not supported by Windows. There are more hardware that don't work with Windows than hardware that work with it. Try installing Windows on a N900 or on a Guru plug computer. Won't work. Hardware not compatible with Windows. No driver available. Requires virtual machine AND hacking. It just works for 99% of users who buy hardware for Windows. If you buy hardware that does not work with Windows, it won't work with Windows and that is 90% of the hardware.

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RE[4]: Comment by spinnekopje
by abraxas on Sat 24th Apr 2010 11:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by spinnekopje"
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2005-07-07

If you want to run Linux, don't buy an Atheros card.


Why is that? Madwifi just worked back in the day and ath5k finally works just as well for me since kernel 2.6.31-32.

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