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[6]: I'm in the minority but
by gilboa on Mon 24th Jun 2013 13:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I'm in the minority but"
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

I've haven't had to install a driver with Windows unless I was swapping in a new graphics card.

Windows pretty much just grabs hold of the appropriate driver off the net now in seconds.


When trying to install Windows 7 on a number of brand new Asus laptops (different models, all using Atheros GbE NIC) we had to manually install the drivers.

Granted, building the alx driver under Linux is more complicated than double-clicking on setup.exe under Windows (at least to a non-veteran user), but Windows is far from perfect non-the-less.

Oh, even though the alx driver under Linux is still a beta driver (required out-of-tree drivers) it seems to perform better at long range compared to the Windows 7 (and 8) driver. Go figure.

- Gilboa

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

You would still be in the same situation with Linux if the kernel didn't have the network driver included.

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RE[8]: I'm in the minority but
by gilboa on Mon 24th Jun 2013 15:03 in reply to "RE[7]: I'm in the minority but"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

You would still be in the same situation with Linux if the kernel didn't have the network driver included.


Re-read the second paragraph in my post - I didn't claim otherwise.
IMO -no- OS is really joe-six-pack-ready, unless its comes pre-installed by the computer/laptop/etc manufacturer (and even this comes at the bitter price - AKA bloatware)

- Gilboa

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RE[8]: I'm in the minority but
by FishB8 on Thu 27th Jun 2013 04:35 in reply to "RE[7]: I'm in the minority but"
FishB8 Member since:
2006-01-16

Ah, but see Linux developers were able to foresee this issue ahead of time and implemented RFC-1149 as a means of obtaining the drivers.

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