killer de bug wrote:Except if Linux was clearly mentioned on the box, otherwise I don't think they have an obligation to provide a driver for you.
Seriously? I believe this kind of attitude is why we have such poor support from hardware companies. I have no desire to perpetuate this situation, but placing the responsibility for hardware drivers upon linux developers certainly will.
I understand your frustration - I once purchased a "windows modem."
But your attitude (IMO) may not be correct, either. There are all kinds of situations in which a person might want to shake their fist at a manufacturer. I'm sure my friend would have appreciated it if her van had come suitably equipped with hand controls, for example, which would have saved her a few thousand dollars.
If the product (graphics card) was not sold as being one which supported linux, then you have gotten a bonus by it working at all with your chosen OS.
But even if it DID come inside a box that had "Works in linux!" embossed across it in big, bold letters... Just exactly how long
do you feel that such a statement should keep them on the hook? One assumes that it should work with linux at the time of sale (if it was a current product at that time) - but which linux, lol? ALL
of the various distros/DEs? Do you feel that the manufacturer should support its device in perpetuity
I wouldn't be surprised, if someone decided to initiate proceedings against AMD in court... If AMD's response was short and worded something like this: There is nothing physically preventing you - and certainly nothing
that AMD has done - from continuing to run the configuration which worked with their product on the date that it was manufactured. If YOU choose to modify that configuration, AMD cannot be held responsible.
The fact that we update our systems does not mean that we have to
. Furthermore, if AMD provided a driver that worked, you modify (update/upgrade) your OS - and that AMD driver is still available in its original state, but fails to work with your changed setup - how is this AMD's fault instead of the (many and various) developers who have changed everything else
Lest you get the wrong idea about me, I also wish that there was more hardware support for my favorite OS. But
I place a big chunk of the blame on the consumer. Businesses exist to make a profit for their principles - profit that they derive from their customers. It's like when people say, "I'd like
to use linux as my sole OS, but I can _____ in Windows." If those people stop buying/supporting/using Microsoft OS completely, things will change. Otherwise... well, there's not much motivation for the companies to develop software/hardware for linux
. If I have a restaurant and serve a breakfast item that the overwhelming majority of my town's residents will purchase, and I could spend additional time/effort/money
to produce a different item... but only a (relatively) tiny percentage of people would have any interest at all in buying it - and a fair percentage of them already
purchase my current product anyway... Well, I'll do just fine continuing to serve up the same old eggs
BtW, I just read this:
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and it reads like AMD is doing a good
thing. It is, of course, regrettable if someone has a product that AMD considered old enough to not be worth their expense of developing the new driver setup for (some folks, OtOH, might be happy that this decision makes the code smaller?). Then again, there are some parts for my 1982 Nighthawk that I cannot purchase new from Honda, either. Hmm... Come to think of it, I can't seem to find an AMD
driver that will work with the current version of Mint for a laptop that I have, and it's much newer than my motorcycle (having been manufactured in 2002). Go figure....