KS2007: Hardware support and the i386/x86_64 merger
Posted Sep 6, 2007 22:06 UTC (Thu) by amikins
In reply to: KS2007: Hardware support and the i386/x86_64 merger
Parent article: KS2007: Hardware support and the i386/x86_64 merger
This doesn't really acknowledge the consumer end, which is where things like binary video drivers generally come into play. Business isn't much of a volatile market for Linux at this time; the major players already know what's offered, and so adoption is pretty much just a matter of vendors getting their sales.
Consumer marketshare is still rather fragile when you look beyond the hobbyists, and consumers tend to develop negative opinions pretty easily. For them, they almost certainly already HAVE another OS which 'just works' with their hardware.. The cost of learning Linux is then added to the cost of new hardware, assuming there is supported hardware that does what they need, and they can easily determine what is supported.
If 'winning' in that space is important, then this is an issue that warrants caution.
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