Re: Newbie: HP Red Hat incompatibility?
From: Tim (admin_at_sheerhell.lan)
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 23:37:28 +0930
On Tue, 7 Oct 2003 12:53:12 -0500,
"J. S. Meyer" <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have been told such things as "HP does not allow Linux to be used because
> they built in stuff to facilitate Windows" to such things as NTFS (or
> whatever the new file system of XP is called) is not recognized by Linux.
I can't answer for your specific HP machine, nor XP, but you can put
Linux on HP Pavilions (my mum's HP PC is quite reliable with Red Hat 8.0
Linux, but very dire with Windows 98 SE - and I do dual boot it).
It's the software (in this case, the operating system) that deals with
the filing system used on the drive, not the hardware. So NTFS, as
you've mentioned it, is a red herring. Linux can read NTFS, but isn't
brilliant at writing to it (the system has to be cracked, since
Microsoft doesn't support/help other people to use it, and it's only
been partially figured out).
In another sense, some aspects of your hardware may be more
Windows-centric. They rely on software to do their task (they're not
independent), and only Windows software has been developed to support
them. Though, in some cases (like WinMODEMs, and various LAN NICs) some
people have developed alternative solutions.
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