scorp123 wrote: Aren't we already beyond that point where we needed to worry about hardware support??? I have been using Linux since 1996. Yes, back in those days hardware support was very very very spotty at best, and getting the right hardware meant you had to spend days with yahoo-ing and altavista-ing (Google wasn't around yet!) until you found hardware that would hopefully work.
Correct, back in 1992, as an young Architectural firm trying to establish myself, on the then, new 'World Wide Web'
When trying to connect my new computer (for business, not a PC) to the internet via telephone land-line. Dial-up was the only way.
The phone company had to run a 'dedicated' line (an unbroken or unsliced phone cable) from my building to the main switchboard (almost 2 miles away) in order to have a good, stable connection.
My computers back then, were very big and cumbersome, and quite expensive. Also, the internet was not near as big as it is today.
Now days, my business PC can do things un-imagined by a PC, back then. And I usually, have no problems with getting Linux work or connect ... stable
Windows is the one that doesn't play nice with other systems or OS architectures.
How many system architectures is Windows made for? Maybe, 3 or 4.
How many architectures is Linux made for? All of them. 30 or so.
How many is Apple/Mac made for? 1
I haven't been using Linux since '92 ... I've only been with Linux for the past couple of years.
However, for both work and home ... I use Linux and Open Source exclusively.
Computer life is so much easier now.