Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 21:39 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 blog has a post about the improvements in Windows 8's installation process. "For Windows 8, our goal was to continue to improve reliability while also improving the installation experience and raw performance. Not only did we want it to be rock solid, but also faster and easier to use." Thankfully, the features us geeks like are still there.
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RE[3]: "us geeks?"
by Dave_K on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 16:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: "us geeks?""
Dave_K
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I had to tell him right off that Windows 7 supports less hardware than Linux does.


Overall Linux supports more hardware, but that's mainly because it retains support for older devices that are no longer supported in Windows 7. Linux can't match the compatibility of Windows when it's paired up with hardware that's designed for it. That may be an unfair comparison, but it's also a practical one when looking for an OS.

My main PC needs XP or later, and I'd be out of luck if I had a desperate need to install NT4, but I can install Windows 7 with confidence that it’ll run perfectly on my modern hardware. If I dug out my 10 year old laptop the lack of driver updates would rule out Windows 7, but of course XP would still install without an issue. In contrast Linux, despite its support for a significantly greater range of hardware, doesn't work properly on either system (or any other PC/laptop I own).

My point is that just having support for a large selection of components doesn't equate to problem free installation on a wide range of computers.

There's also the question of what constitutes "hardware support" in Linux. It often seems to me that people declare something "Linux compatible" as soon as the most basic features more-or-less work. My soundcard is meant to be supported, but even basic stereo sound is glitchy, and I can forget about inputs and special features working.

If 100% of features working as well as they do in Windows was the requirement then Linux's hardware compatibility list would be a lot shorter.

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RE[4]: "us geeks?"
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 25th Nov 2011 20:37 in reply to "RE[3]: "us geeks?""
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2008-06-02

Overall Linux supports more hardware, but that's mainly because it retains support for older devices that are no longer supported in Windows 7. Linux can't match the compatibility of Windows when it's paired up with hardware that's designed for it. That may be an unfair comparison, but it's also a practical one when looking for an OS.


Exactly. In other words, the only time Linux hardware support is better than Windows is if you have some perverse need to use an ISA SoundBlaster card that hasn't been manufactured in 15 years, or a SCSI scanner from a company that went out of business a decade ago, or an ancient serial mouse.

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