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Fighting the "legacy" reputations of GNU/Linux, seventeen years later

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| So there it was, a reasonably seasoned GNU/Linux user who had experienced
| great success with it, fell back to the old, old reputation that it’s harder
| to get peripherals working with GNU/Linux than Windows. If you read back
| through my description above you’ll note he had successfully installed both
| printers and then un-installed and reinstalled them later. Those procedures
| had “just worked” — but the printers hadn’t — yet he still thought that
| perhaps using them from Windows would fix it. As it happened just installing
| the second one in Windows had been a pain — he had no driver CD you see.
|
| I don’t blame him for his assumption. I’ve had plenty of cases where printer
| manufacturers were doing special — undocumented — things with the Windows
| drivers. It’s also fairly unfortunate to have two printers experience very
| similar problems one after the other so his assumption that it might be the
| PC was a pretty good guess. But what bothers me is that someone who has had
| so much success with GNU/Linux can still believe that Windows would
| automatically succeed where GNU/Linux hadn’t.
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...en_years_later


Recent:

Position Statement on Linux Kernel Modules

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| We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux
| kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable. We have repeatedly
| found them to be detrimental to Linux users, businesses, and the greater
| Linux ecosystem. Such modules negate the openness, stability, flexibility,
| and maintainability of the Linux development model and shut their users off
| from the expertise of the Linux community. Vendors that provide closed-source
| kernel modules force their customers to give up key Linux advantages or
| choose new vendors. Therefore, in order to take full advantage of the cost
| savings and shared support benefits open source has to offer, we urge vendors
| to adopt a policy of supporting their customers on Linux with open-source
| kernel code.
|
| We speak only for ourselves, and not for any company we might work for today,
| have in the past, or will in the future.
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http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/lkm_p...statement.html


Related:

Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

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| The problem is that even though Kroah-Hartman and his developers are willing
| to sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) for companies that are reluctant to
| open up their devices to open source, businesses are still hanging
| back. "What we need now is more companies participating in the project,"
| Kroah-Hartman said. * *
|
| [...]
|
| He also wondered if the problem of Linux device drivers has been
| overstated...
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http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6669895837.html


A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

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| Putting aside Apple hardware, where all the software works with
| all the hardware so long as it's all up to the minute, I found
| that MEPIS actually has better hardware support for this PC
| than Vista.
|
| [...]
|
| Adding insult to injury, since DRM protection schemes must
| evolve constantly, to stay ahead of hackers tearing them down,
| I have little doubt that one day you'll come home to find that
| a Vista update to DRM-protection has just locked you out of your
| media collection. You know, the same collection, which had
| worked just fine the day before. Repeat after me: DRM does
| not belong in operating systems.
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http://www.desktoplinux.com/articles/AT9325931427.html
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