Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[8]: I couldn't agree more
by ssokolow on Wed 28th Nov 2012 09:35 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: I couldn't agree more"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

Yes, that is unfortunate. I only down vote if its actually warranted. User voting always ends up with little factions. Really annoying ;)

And your post is 100% valid and accurate. Windows has booted into generic VGA of no drivers are available since its inception and, starting with XP, into a VERY fast VESA. Windows VESA seriously gives BeOS/Haiku a run for its money.


I remember reading about Windows 95/98 doing pretty darn well with the bundled drivers (near-eternal "Building a Driver Information Database" dialog aside) too.

Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I can only assume he's praising either:

1. Linux bundling 99% of its drivers into a default install.

2. Linux's lack of a hardware-tied activation system under any distro. (We don't know he's talking about a version using a volume license key)

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