Coercing users is *never* a good idea
Posted Jun 8, 2006 12:43 UTC (Thu) by bjanz
Parent article: Putting a lid on USB power
I agree that standards should be followed as closely as possible.
That being said, this change may have one significant "political" factor that seems to have been ignored: if the same device works under MS Windows but doesn't work under Linux, Linux will blamed. Period. And, if one of the myriad of "technology reporters" finds out that he can't use his mouse (the author's example, not mine), the bad news for the Linux community will be hard to overcome.
For some of us "road warriors", a way to power our hubs is not always available. But, we still need to use our USB devices. Hence, without commensurate instructions ("scary warnings" *as well as* "what-to-do's"), you may be shutting me down while I'm using my laptop on its internal battery. This is a *VERY BAD THING*.
Doing "the right thing" is not always the best thing to do. In this case, the Linux community may have acted exactly the way it claims Microsoft acts: "We know what is good for you -- even better than you do."
Me? I'll be writing the necessary UDEV rules to ensure that the devices I'm currently using *continue* to work the way they always have. And, if I "blow out" my hardware, ok. It would have blown out under MS Windows, too.
Hardware is cheap, folks. Much cheaper than a damaged reputation.
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