Report: Linux hardware support.

Posted by patrickjmquinn on Apr 28, 2012 11:05 PM EDT
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Linux has come so far since its initial release in 1991. In fact it beat all the odds to become the first commercially viable open source platform. The fair of hackers, computer enthusiasts and Enterprise alike there is a lot of love across the board for the little Minix clone that could. However, Linux, specifically Linux on the desktop, has had its share of problems that has held it back from mainstream dominance. Ignoring the competition offered by the likes of Microsoft and Apple , which of these problems is the most serious and how could said problem be resolved?

Linux has come so far since it's initial release in 1991. In fact it beat all the odds to become the first commercially viable open source platform. The fair of hackers, computer enthusiasts and Enterprise alike there is a lot of love across the board for the little Minix clone that could. However, Linux, specifically Linux on the desktop, has had its share of problems that has held it back from mainstream dominance. Ignoring the competition offered by the likes of Microsoft and Apple , which of these problems is the most serious and how could said problem be resolved?

I'm referring to Linux hardware compatibility. This is a tricky and rather touchy subject amongst the diehard Linux community and one with no simple solution.

Many new users to Linux face a huge wall that they must climb when they first install a Linux distribution and thats that a lot of the hardware on their machine either doesn't work properly or doesn't work at all. While this problem is nowhere near as bad as it was, even as recently as 2006 when I started using Linux as my full time OS, it's still a serious issue.....

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Oh geez! Bass ackwards again, and factual errors galore caitlyn 11 1,205 Apr 30, 2012 4:59 PM

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