online article: Should Linux vendors think differently?

Etienne Goyer etienne.goyer at
Tue Oct 11 10:19:53 CDT 2005

Duncan Anderson wrote:
> Since most hardware is specifically designed to support a well known 
> brand of neocolonialist spyware, getting any form of Linux to install 
> without a hitch is quite an achievement.

"Neocolonialist spyware" ... gotta remeber that one ! :)

One thing to keep in mind is that people are actually expecting Ubuntu 
(Linux in general, in fact) to *outperform* Windows hardware detection 
and support.  I have handled several machine in the past (and still own 
a few) that Windows do not correctly detect and support the graphic 
hardware out-of-the-box.  You have to first figure out which graphic 
chip it is, then find the appropriate drivers (you did keep all the 
drivers disk, right ?) to get anything better than 640x480 in 8 bits 
color.  Same for sound, Ethernet, etc.

IME, most modern distro have better out-of-the-box hardware support than XP.

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