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[5]: Well, it looks nice...
by ggeldenhuys on Fri 18th Nov 2011 22:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Well, it looks nice..."
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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RE[6]: Well, it looks nice...
by Hiev on Fri 18th Nov 2011 22:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Well, it looks nice..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

The problem with Linux is that if it doesn't detect lets say your wireless card, you are pretty much screwed, you need to google for a How to guide and even compile it from source and edit config files and even so it will hardly work, In windows you just need the installer from the vendor and that's it.

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ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

In windows you just need the installer from the vendor and that's it.

Then start bitching to the Vendors and demand that you want Linux drivers from them too. Why must Linux devs always reverse engineer every damn driver without any help from the vendors. Simply because those Vendors are too damn stuck-up, and closed minded!

Either way, the Linux devs have done an excellent job doing what they are doing.

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