Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:06 UTC
Windows And so the smartphonification of the general purpose computer continues. This time around, though, it might actually be for the better. Microsoft has detailed two new features in Windows 8: refreshing and resetting your computer. Reinstalls will be a thing of the past.
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Update break your video or wifi? Maybe try a more stable distribution. While there are crap distributions and crap hardware manufacturers, my current distro of choice has been fine across several major versions and gpu/wifi combinations. Granted, I may have a bias towards hardware manufacturers that support a choice of OS platforms; one doesn't buy an HP and complain about how it doesn't run osX well after all.

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Alfman Member since:


"Update break your video or wifi? Maybe try a more stable distribution."

Yes of course you can blame the distro, but the very same distro may be very good for some users and not work for others.

Ubuntu had a regression for me where the video turns black after bootup with my nvidia chipset. The live CD would work (I guess in vesa modes), but the installed version just won't work out of the box.

I tried Mint debian edition once, but of all things the PS/2 mouse wouldn't work. I tried in vein to get it working, I ruled out hardware, I finally gave up and installed Mint Ubuntu edition.

We don't always appreciate that incompatibilities do exist, and they can be very difficult to resolve.

I usually find linux easier than windows to install because it doesn't have the catch-22 situation windows has when drivers aren't installed out of the box (I always bring a linux live cd with me when someone asks me to install windows so I can download windows drivers).

Anyways if ms is improving this, that's a welcome change.

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jabbotts Member since:

Those breakages do suck rocks. PS2 support can't be old enough to drop yet and there is no reason for nvidia breakage in Ubuntu when Debian (the parent distro) has been fine. In Mint's case, they are building out of Debian stable/untesting packages I believe so I'd expect some flakey behavior.

In my case, Debian Stable has bee a rock. No GPU breakage due to an updated package yet with my Nvidia or Intel. (haven't had an ATI in a machine for a long while now so no idea how AMD's doing with the open drivers on that one)

I've used other distributions in the past but lacking drivers, some other feature or poor QA on updates eventually drove me to a distribution that better supported my needs.

In general, all products are great for some people and not others. Some people love Mint, others love Fedora; I am not a target customer of either. This was actually my reason for not being specific about my preferd distro initially and asking what distribution gave you grief.

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