The article is correct
Posted Mar 30, 2012 22:39 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: The article is correct
Parent article: Free is too expensive (Economist)
If you install, say, a printer driver in Windows you can be pretty sure that it will continue to work even after you install service packs or even upgrade to a newer Windows version.
This is about the worst example you can imagine: huge number of printers (mostly cheap printers) only work with Windows XP, but not with Windows Vista or Windows 7. I've had a professional video capture card from Pinnacle which officially only supported Windows XP Service Pack 1 (later some engineer from the company published unofficial patch on forum which supported Service Pack 2).
Sorry, but hardware is well-known pain point for Windows systems. Apple also has this problem (witness how MacOS Lean dropped support for some early Intel Macs with Intel Core CPU).
Kernel guys do a remarkable work WRT hardware support. But on the software side, yes, here Linux is disaster if you'll compare it with MacOS or Windows.
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