Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 24th Jun 2013 03:00 UTC
Linux I volunteer as tech support for a small organization. For years we relied on Ubuntu on our desktops, but the users didn't like it when Ubuntu switched to the Unity interface. This article tells about our search for a replacement and why we decided on Xfce running atop Linux Mint.
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RE[5]: I'm in the minority but
by darknexus on Mon 24th Jun 2013 09:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I'm in the minority but"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

The very fact you even have to install drivers in Windows is still unnecessary tinkering. You don't need to do so with Linux - drivers are shipped with the ISOs.

And if they're not, you are completely screwed unless you know how to compile source code. Are you really trying to equate installing drivers in Windows to the unnecessary, sheer pain in the ass, process of getting drivers installed in Linux when they're not provided for you?

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


And if they're not, you are completely screwed unless you know how to compile source code. Are you really trying to equate installing drivers in Windows to the unnecessary, sheer pain in the ass, process of getting drivers installed in Linux when they're not provided for you?

I'd already answered those points in the very next paragraph of my post!

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No, if its not in the "ISO" you can install it a few ways that do not involve source code which depend upon the distro.

With red hat/Suse you can use a rpm to install a driver. With debian/Ubuntu a .deb There are official repositories full of these rpms/debs that are constantly being updated as bug fixes and new features are added.

For proprietary things like printer drivers or video drivers, manufacturers (like HP) can provide easy to install rpms. Its not difficult. Hasn't been for a while...

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