Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 01:48 UTC
Windows This intrigued me. I decided to see what would happen if you plug a Windows Phone 7.5 device - my HTC HD7 in this case - into a Windows 8 machine (the release preview). The answer? Nothing happens. If you combine Microsoft's prime desktop operating system and prime mobile offering, nothing happens. No dialogs, no sync options, no check for updates, no backups, no audio/video transfer, not even a mount or a dialog to download Zune. They've got only a few months to address this.
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RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones
by daedalus on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 08:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by stabbyjones"
daedalus
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2011-01-14

Yep, it should search for a driver, install it and start using it. All of which should take a fraction of a second, not several seconds and apparently a lot of effort as Windows makes out. On my Mac or Linux machines, I plug in a mouse and it's responsive by the time my hand moves from the USB plug to the mouse. On my Windows machine I get several notifications popping up, searching for drivers and all that, and then it works. Not a big deal really, but since all three OSes are doing the same thing, I think it's reasonable to expect a similar response time.

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by Verunks on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 09:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2007-04-02

it takes time because it searches for it online to get the latest version, it's a little price to pay but it works quite well since vista/7

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RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 12:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Yep, it should search for a driver, install it and start using it. All of which should take a fraction of a second, not several seconds and apparently a lot of effort as Windows makes out. On my Mac or Linux machines, I plug in a mouse and it's responsive by the time my hand moves from the USB plug to the mouse. On my Windows machine I get several notifications popping up, searching for drivers and all that, and then it works.


The difference is that Windows by default also searches online for drivers, Linux doesn't. (Though I've actually several times said that it should!) I don't know if Mac searches online for drivers. Though, I agree that it does take longer than it should, and a more sensible approach would be to use the included drivers first, then perform the search in the background and switch over to the new drivers if any were found; such an approach would solve the annoying delay quite neatly.

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RE[4]: Comment by stabbyjones
by rklrkl on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 15:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2005-07-06

I think what was missed here is that Linux tends to install multiple drivers for a particular device (e.g. a mouse in this case) when the OS is installed and then detects which one to use during the boot sequence (or X startup or wherever).

It's why it's much easier to clone a Linux install from one machine to another (which has different hardware) than it is to do the same for Windows. In fact, Windows is so poor at being cloned to another PC with different hardware, that I just backup the data I need and do a fresh install on the dest machine instead, then restore the data.

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