Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2011 23:38 UTC, submitted by sb56637
SuSE, openSUSE And another popular Linux distribution pushes a new release out the door. This time around, it's openSUSE, as they just released version 12.1. Other than the usual latest and greatest version of all the open source desktops and associated tools, there's a few other interesting tidbits in this release as well.
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RE[3]: Well, it looks nice...
by avgalen on Thu 17th Nov 2011 11:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well, it looks nice..."
avgalen
Member since:
2010-09-23

uhm, as you read I have tried to install on different branded desktops, custom built desktops, laptops, netbooks and there is always some sort of hardware that isn't supported (Wifi, tv-card, raid, sound) while there are always drivers available for Windows that work just fine. An OS should support hardware, hardware shouldn't support an OS. Especially on Linux it seems that all drivers are in the kernel, that every distribution uses those some kernels....and still people (in this thread) say that in distribution X their Wifi worked and in distribution Y it doesn't.

I liked Corel Linux a lot back in the days, but sticking with it didn't work (it died). Puppy is the only distribution that I use once in a while for recovery work where "all drivers working" isn't important. But even for that I prefer Hiren, BartPE or WinPE.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

If your hardware doesn't work blame the manufacturer for not writing drivers.

Windows has extremely limited native driver support for hardware. Apple has even less.

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Slambert666 Member since:
2008-10-30

If your hardware doesn't work blame the manufacturer for not writing drivers.


The case is not usually missing drivers but that the drivers has been designed and tested for a different version of the kernel (then something changed and now it does not work).

So if the hardware does not work, blame the kernel developers for being unprofessional emo kids, or the distros for releasing crap unto the masses.

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ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

+1
Out of the box, Linux beats any OS hands down on hardware support. Installing say WinXP on my ageing Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop, and nothing works out of the box. Crappy display resolution, no sound, no bluetooth, no wireless, no networking. I have to install driver after driver, and reboot after reboot before they all work. Install Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on that same laptop, and all the above hardware works out of the box (and in under 40 minutes)!

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