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[2]: how many of you donate
by unclefester on Sun 20th Nov 2011 07:00 UTC in reply to "RE: how many of you donate"
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

The only reason Windows "just works" is because the various hardware manufacturers provide the drivers.

You can't blame Linux if manufacturers won't write drivers or provide documentation for FOSS drivers.

Try and run any non-approved hardware on a Mac. You will really have something to complain about.

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ggeldenhuys Member since:
2006-11-13

+1
You hit the nail on the head. The problem comes down to the Vendors, not to the people that write the OS. But even saying so, Linux devs have done a brillant job supporting masses of hardware, often without any help from the Vendor of that hardware!

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RE[3]: how many of you donate
by Dave_K on Sun 20th Nov 2011 16:01 in reply to "RE[2]: how many of you donate"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

You can't blame Linux if manufacturers won't write drivers or provide documentation for FOSS drivers.


It's a shame that some hardware manufacturers don't even offer documentation to Linux developers, but I don't think it's reasonable to expect them to produce drivers for a tiny market like desktop Linux. Things would probably change if Linux ever reached a 5-10% desktop market share.

I don't think anyone here has disputed the reasons behind Windows' superior hardware support. Unfortunately, allocating blame for Linux's issues doesn't change the user experience of installing and configuring it. As a user what matters to me is which OS works best on the hardware I use, regardless of the reasons for that.

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