Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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Windows drivers might not work with later versions of Windows the same way. I see no benefit in Windows drivers over any other platform. If the driver is closed, it all boils down to whether the hardware manufacturer is going to release driver updates for recent versions of some OSes, no matter Windows or Linux and etc. Otherwise - try your luck with some Windows XP drivers on Windows 7 or other way around.

Edited 2012-08-28 22:01 UTC

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nej_simon Member since:

That's a different issue. Windows might have problems with older hardware if the company behind the it hasn't bothered releasing an updated driver and the driver wasn't included in the new windows release. But Linux on the other hand has problems with new hardware. What matters most? New versions of windows are mostly backward compatible with old versions anyway. The only time I tried a XP driver on Windows 7 (for an old sound card) it actually installed without issues (athough it forced me to use a 32 bit version of windows 7).

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shmerl Member since:

Well, "mostly" is not any worse than mostly on Linux. In essence - incompatibilities can happen and will happen, unless manufacturers release drivers in a timely fashion. And new hardware is more likely to have drivers updated even for Linux, rather than expecting some vendor to keep updating drivers for older hardware for a new kernel (good example - GPUs).

So I don't see how Windows is any better here. The only argument one can make if there are hardware manufacturers who release Windows only drivers. But that always can be an issue. So if you target Linux, just choose those vendors who release drivers for Linux for their new hardware and support them for new kernels long enough.

Edited 2012-08-28 23:56 UTC

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