Fred wrote:I would certainly encourage all those Windows users that seem to think Windows works so good out-of-the-box to purchase a copy of the linked Windows OS. Then install it on their hardware.
I would be interested in knowing how much fun you had tracking down and installing drivers and firmware. And then configuring it all. That's just to get a boot-able, functioning system. That's before you even think about any productivity software, security software, or massive and risky system updates that will need to take place.
What comes on a piece of hardware that has Windows pre-installed and what you will be buying in that box are similar in name only.
Hi Fred! Like I said elsewhere, in my experience this is not quite exact, but maybe I have been lucky :
linuxviolin wrote:I have already used Windows, even with some recent (at the time) components, WITHOUT using the drivers by manufacturers, without using any driver disk, just with the "default" drivers in Windows. It was with XP but also, if I remember correctly, with 98. Never had problem. And here, we can not talk of supported or "not supported (...) by the maker" as there was nothing, except components, by the maker in the PC. Windows CAN do it, even with recent material, Linux, er, sometimes...
linuxviolin wrote:I always hated things like 3d desktop, effects, desktop widgets... so for my usage at the time everything worked correctly but yes of course you can not expect a great performance and you will not have all functions given by the manufacturer driver. But that works. In Linux, er, not always...
Of course, I have not always used Windows like that, I have also used the drivers by the manufacturers but the tests were conclusive... and it was at least on two different PCs.
And this is arrived with internal and external components... Again, maybe I have been lucky but it's arrived!
graeme wrote:its worth adding that people who want no-hassle installs can buy PCs with Linux pre-installed.
And what? Ditto for Windows...