Strategy for fixing Bug #1

Wes Morgan cap10morgan at
Thu Dec 28 17:29:03 UTC 2006

Eric and Rob's point there was that whichever 64-bit desktop takes the
crown, one of the reasons will be because it had 64-bit drivers for all the
existing hardware out there. Linux actually has an advantage over Windows in
this regard since we have the source code to lots of drivers, whereas MS
does not.

But yes, your point is still valid. It's another chicken vs. egg problem.
But, if we can get Linux into a better position market share-wise via this
64-bit transition window, then that will help us convince more vendors to do
what you're describing.


On 12/28/06, Andrew Jorgensen <andrew.jorgensen at> wrote:
> > Here are the "what it will take win" points from the essay:
> >
> >     1. Drivers for all major existing hardware.
> >     ...
> Unfortunately what we need is not drivers for all major existing
> hardware but drivers for all major hardware soon to exist.  We're
> always one step behind (or several) in this area.  In other words,
> what we really need there is for hardware component vendors to
> actively push for their hardware to be supported in Linux so that when
> they release their hardware there are already drivers written for it.

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