Computer makers push device builders for Linux-compatible hardware
Posted by: Anonymous
on May 02, 2008 09:01 PM
As someone who worked with the consumer and laptop groups in one of those listed vendors, this is welcome. When we brought up linux systems on the laptops in, what, 98 and 99, they were impressed, but gave little help. Nowadays you do get good support for most of a laptop a few years old, but support for the WLAN and other features can be patchy. One thing I remember from those days in the PC group was what it is like shipping a product -an epic of testing drivers. Most people spent their lives on the phone with the OEMS, saying 'you're late, it doesn't work'. For laptops, getting a BIOS that the OS liked -with an acceptable battery life- was a nightmare that took most of the software team's days and nights up.
If the PC vendors are asking for this it is for one reason: enough customers are asking for it. Why would they be doing that? Well, Vista sucking and XP dying could be one reason.