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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shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

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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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Windows is miles better.

Firstly within the life time of Windows 7, a binary driver that was written in 2009 will work in 2020. Even some Windows 2000 drivers work with Windows XP.

Also While Linux may have more supported hardware devices, a lot of the support is incomplete.

A lot of people say, they should release the driver as Open Source. This is simply no possible especially with the nvidia driver because the nvidia driver replaces huge parts of X and other things such as DRI so that you can get decent 3D performance. The AMD/ATi open source drivers are miles behind in hardware support and performance, and everyone says they have been "getting there for years".

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

a binary driver that was written in 2009 will work in 2020

Just because Windows is so innovative that it gets updated once in 10 years? Yeah, that's called "miles better".

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24


Firstly within the life time of Windows 7, a binary driver that was written in 2009 will work in 2020.

Because the driver infrastructure won't recieve any major changes during Windows 7's lifetime, that will be reserved for Windows 'X' which will be released somewhere between now and 2020, which will require new drivers for everything.

And as the Windows drivers are proprietary binaries which only the hardware vendors can modify and recompile against the new driver infrastructure they will selectively support it with drivers for the latest and greatest, rendering lots of perfectly working hardware useless should you upgrade to the new Windows 'X'.

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