Re(1): Please don't make it sound like Linux has poor hardware support
Posted by: Anonymous
on August 19, 2007 06:26 PM
Yes, of course current versions of windows has better hardware support for new devices, but only because the drivers are provided by the hardware manufacturers. But there's no guarantee that the drivers will be maintained either my ms or the manufacturers. So a lot of older, but still usable hardware can not be used on Vista or even XP, but Linux has no problems with them.
Linux also supports a much broader rage of hardware than windows does, since windows is limited to the i386 family of processors. When it comes to wireless support in windows, the cards may have working drivers, but the configuring tools are really confusing, since it seems like every card comes with it's own program that for some reason overrides the standard windows tool. Of course I have only limited experience with this, since I don't use windows.