Quote of the week
Posted Oct 12, 2006 10:14 UTC (Thu) by shapr
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Long ago and far away DOS drivers were the standard and you had to check carefully to see if a piece of hardware would work with Windows 3.1
At some point Windows became popular enough that DOS drivers were rare.
Until hardware sold on the shelves commonly comes with a penguin compatibility logo, it'll be simpler to check for Linux support ahead of time.
C'mon, you know that your make, model, and year of car doesn't have much compatibility even with other years, why would you expect the Windows monoculture to try to be compatible with Linux?
You want a driver that works for "real people"
you want to be able to walk into a store and buy hardware without having to surf the web to see if it has a Linux driver.
The solution is simple, go ahead and buy the hardware. If it's not supported in Linux, call the company who makes it and complain that they're not supporting your OS of choice, and that the drivers would be written for them if they'd release sufficient specs and docs.
Then take that hardware back and buy that same flavor of device from another company. Repeat until you're happy with the situation.
Windows drivers became common because customers complained to the companies that made the hardware.
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