“New Linux distros still fail a task that Windows 95 — yes, 95! — easily handles, namely working with mainstream sound cards. That sends the cost of commercial, paid versions of Linux dramatically higher”, says Fred Langa for InformationWeek.Our Take: I have quite a number of PCs over here and all sound cards work with Linux. There are some problems some times of course, for example this one and this one, but overall, they manage to work. The real problem is in the compatibility between architectures that needs to get configured correctly, namely applications needing ALSA or OSS (which its configuration on modprobe.conf/modules.conf can not be recreated by hand by “normal” users, it is not a simple matter), ARts or ESD, and GStreamer’s schizophrenic sink-whatever stuff that no one really gets (I currently can’t get Gstreamer 0.8.x applications to work correctly on Arch Linux for example for no apparent reason, while it works on Slackware and Fedora2-test2).