Re: What's so hard about Linux???
From: Ruel Smith (NoWay_at_NoWhere.com)
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 23:47:47 -0400
> I guess I am showing my ignorance here, so maybe someone will enlighten
Yes, you are.
> Why is it that Linux developers cannot get laptop modems and other
> hardware to work under linux?
1.) The OEM's are not writing Linux drivers, unlike in Windows.
2.) OEM's are not making details available to OSS developers to write them
3.) Laptop hardware is often proprietary, even though it may be supplied by
a 3rd party.
One must remember that OEM's submit drivers to their hardware to Microsoft.
Microsoft DOES NOT write drivers for hardware other than their own. If
those OEM's didn't provide drivers, it wouldn't work in Windows either. The
OEM's need to support Linux. The only reason any hardware worked at all
previously is because OSS developers have reverse engineered the drivers,
and they've done it only on popular hardware. However, it's the OEM's job
to support the hardware for the OS, not the OS developers job to support
the hardware. Do you think Apple is writing drivers for HP printers? Your
logic is simply backwards.
> I was thinking of buying a T-Pad, but in
> browsing tuxmobile, I see even they have problems with linux, especially
> related to dailup, which I still use and other communication hardware.
> Also most do not seem to work with the APMs. Unfortunately, tuxmobile
> does not seem to have a search engine that will allow you to find the
> one model that does work, IF such a beast exists. Similarily I was ready
> to puchase a so called linux notebook from more than one vendor, only to
> find that the vendor cannot guarantee that the linux THEY install will
> work with the hardware. One company linuxcertified supposedly
> "certifies" (whatever that means) their laptops to work with linux,yet
> in further searching I come across a review that they in fact do not
> work with APM and run very hot. Windows sucks I am certain, but at least
> it seems to be more or less universal.
Yes, thanks to the supply of drivers from the hardware OEM's. Cry to them to
get support and it may come. You're just aiming your frustration in the
wrong direction here.