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[2]: Comment by spinnekopje
by jokkel on Wed 21st Apr 2010 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by spinnekopje"
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Have you tried Windows recently? Most hardware does not work out of the box. You've got to hunt the internet, download the driver for your hardware and hope you didn't download a virus instead. When you install Mandriva, Ubuntu or any recent distro, it all works out of the box.

It seems you havn't tried neither Windows nor Mandriva nor Ubuntu recently. I just tried to install Mandriva 2010 and Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 on my trusty Dell Latitude D800 Laptop. It's often problematic, because it has a screen resolution of 1680x1200 and a Broadcom wifi chip.

Ubuntu failed to run X, both with the free and the closed driver. X worked on Mandriva flawlessly until I installed the firmware for my wifi chip b43. After that the binary nvidia driver didn't work anymore and I didn't get the full resolution for my display. Also the trackpad stopped working.
Eventually I downgraded to Ubuntu 8.04 which worked after installing the wifi firmware.

Installing Windows is actually a breeze. Put in the CD that came with the computer. Auto-update Windows. And that's it. If I want to get up to date driver versions, I just go to the official Dell website and search for my laptop model. Virus free, thank you very much.
Windows 7 actually includes a lot of drivers for popular hardware.

Windows never broke my drivers with a system upgrade. Linux does this regularly.

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