Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2005 19:01 UTC, submitted by Inhibit
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "One of the often cited reasons for not switching away from MS Windows is it's breadth of commodity hardware support. The argument often goes something like this: 'Since Windows supports all the hardware I have why would I want to risk it not working under Linux? It's better to continue to use what I know will work.' While that may be true in and of itself, I'm finding this argument to involve a limited outlook."
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Very true
by Morgan on Fri 11th Nov 2005 03:23 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I can say from first-hand experience that Linux does indeed offer more complete support for certain devices. My motherboard (ASUS A7N8X-E) has an integrated NForce 5.1 channel audio chipset. In Windows, there is currently no way to utilize the yellow Center/LFE connector on the I/O panel. Instead, I am forced to give up my Mic connector in order to use the Center/LFE plug on my speakers. In Linux, this is not the case. I can choose to either plug it in to the Center/LFE connector or the Mic connector, and I simply select which one to use in the software mixer. It's nice to be able to record audio and watch a DVD back-to-back without having to pull out my tower and swap cables.

I will even go as far as to say that the only area where Linux lags behind Windows in driver support is printers and scanners, at least in my experience. My Lexmark X6150 all-in-one is a paperweight as far as Ubuntu 5.10 is concerned; there simply isn't a decent printer driver nor is there a SANE scanning backend at all for that device.

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RE: Very true
by camo r on Fri 11th Nov 2005 04:36 in reply to "Very true"
camo r Member since:
2005-08-26

Don't think so. while linux has more BASIC support OOTB, windows and it's 3rd party drivers have more advanced drivers.

I can't vote with my wallet, cos cheapo stuff is usually all i can afford. All work with windows.
Thanks frys.

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RE[2]: Very true
by Morgan on Sat 12th Nov 2005 00:41 in reply to "RE: Very true"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Did you actually read what I wrote? I wasn't talking about basic out-of-the-box support. I cited a specific example of Linux drivers for one device actually exceeding the capabilities of and more correctly utilizing the hardware than the device manufacturer's Windows driver. In other words, the device in question worked better in Linux than in Windows. While that may not always be the case, it is very nice when it does happen.

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RE[2]: Very true
by Finalzone on Fri 11th Nov 2005 09:20 in reply to "Very true"
Finalzone Member since:
2005-07-06

Concerning printer, turboprint might help you because the driver support most of them. http://www.turboprint.de/english.html

Scanner can be tricky as you will need to manually enable it for users. It has problably something to do with SANE so you contact the developer about the issue.

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RE[3]: Very true
by Morgan on Sat 12th Nov 2005 00:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Very true"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Thanks for the tip on the printer!

As for the scanner, Lexmark does indeed offer a Linux driver development kit. However, I am not a programmer, and from what I've read the DDK is far from complete. I'll just continue to boot back into Windows for that device until I can find a better arrangement.

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