And I wonder how many of those windows programs you actually paid for? Or like most windows users do you scourer the warez sites for that pirate copy of photoshop?
TillM - I don't mind you mounting a fierce defence of Linux, which you obviously love and have had nothing but good experiences with. Some of the things you said made me question some of the things I originally said.
However, you have absolutely no right to attack me personally or accuse me of criminal activity. You know nothing about me. I have never been on 'warez' sites, as you refer to them, and my shelves here are groaning under the weight of original DVDs and (Windows) software boxes accumulated over many years. I don't have Photoshop. For photo editing I use Thumbsplus, which I originally tried as a demo, then bought. It has served my photo editing / sorting needs ever since.
As I indicated, I expected that my post would provoke a (hopefully good natured) response in support of Linux, and, incidentally, my final (genuine) point was that I hoped that Linux would become more popular as a result of it having been adopted by the Raspberry Pi.
Linux fans often say, correctly, I have no doubt, that Linux is very strong in the largely invisible server / infrastructure world where most people will never see it. Honestly, the majority of computer users neither know nor care what the Internet (for example) runs on. I should have made it clear that I was talking about Linux as a desktop PC operating system, ie, as an alternative to Windows and MAC, but I did think that was obvious enough from the general context of my post.
Unlike windows where when you get a new version you can end up needing new hardware.
That is an absolutely valid criticism of Windows. I tend to run the same Windows version for years after a new one appears for that very reason. I am still hanging on with Windows XP now, in fact.
You just need to be a bit more careful when buying your hardware for linux.
I know that now, and I did actually say that. But to get to that point of awareness, I first had to go through several items of hardware which just didn't work correctly under Linux.
But once you have all compatible linux hardware, you can rest easy knowing it only takes 15 minutes to install a complete system without having to hunt around for driver cd's you haven't used for years.
Agreed, that is the upside of the way Linux does things, although if you are a seasoned Windows user you keep every driver disc you ever get in a place where you know you can lay your hands on it. It's just a different way of life.
Which windows plays DVD/Bluerays out of the box?
I don't know of any version of Windows which plays Blu-Ray straight from installation, which is why I didn't even mention Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray is a relatively new and highly proprietary format. DVD has been around for years, but even then, Windows as recently as XP did not come with the native ability to play DVDs. I use PowerDVD 7 to do that on XP..My Dad has the newest PC in the family (Vista based) and he seemed able to play DVDs from day one - but maybe his machine / bundle included codecs that the builder (Acer) had paid for? If so, I apologise for the implicit assumption, ie, that Windows does and Linux doesn't.
Strange you don't mention the brand of video card? All well known brands of video cards worth owning are fully supported under linux
'Worth owning'. Hmm. I can't afford new computers every couple of years, so all my hardware is years behind what most people own.
The graphics card in question is as mainstream as you can get, but very old: It's an Ati Radeon 9200 SE. Ati's proprietary Linux drivers may originally have supported this card, but now do not.
Left to its own devices, Linux chose drivers which enabled the absolutely basic features of the card and did not attempt to utilise the card's hardware 3D capability - it was left up to me to realise that everything was being rendered in software and seek help to enable the card's 3D capability. So yes, it was ultimately possible to get it to work using a mixture of third party drivers and forum help. The problem is that this stuff is often so obscurely named that you can't even guess what it's called in order to go looking for it yourself.
Play catchup to what exactly? That some lazy hardware manufacturer doesn't want to spend time making universal drivers that will work for anything other than windows?
Yes, exactly that. You jumped to the conclusion that I was criticising the Linux community, but the fact is that hardware invariably comes with Windows drivers on the day it is released, rarely with Linux drivers (which is not the fault of Linux
) and so, consequently, the Linux community have to work like hell to create or reverse-engineer what is already available for Windows. In other words, to catch up.
People in the community go out of their way to make stuff work coz they have an itch to scratch. You know that they don't even have to give it to you, they do it because they're good and honest people that believe in the community and advancing linux. I think your perception of linux is completely wrong and way off the mark, not to mention downright insulting.
I said, and I stress again, that I hope that the advent of the Raspberry PI means that more people will adopt Linux for personal computers than do so now, and that as a consequence, hardware manufacturers may be forced to offer better Linux support for their products.
Broadcom (who you said don't have a good previous record for supporting Linux) appear to have taken a step in the right direction with the release of previously closed information which should hopefully prove useful to those trying to squeeze the best from the PI - long may that continue, and let's hope other hardware manufacturers follow suit.