TITLE

Driver issues still challenge Linux

AUTHOR(S)
Brooks, Jason
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
eWeek;6/21/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 25, p61
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses Linux Kernel and open-source software and challenges before desktop Linux. Several challenges remain for desktop Linux, many of which relate to supporting the galaxy of hardware devices that exist for desktop and laptop computers. An impressive number of hardware drivers ship as part of the Linux kernel. In fact, it's not unusual to experience better hardware support out of the box with Linux than with Windows. However, Windows may require some driver downloads after installation, it's almost always a safe bet that the drivers you need at least exist for Windows. Linux delivers a good experience with drivers that ship with the kernel, but things can get quite a bit tougher with drivers that are not included. This is a particularly sticky issue when it comes to notebook computers, which tend to support hardware that's more obscure than that found on desktop counterparts. It has been some time since notebooks began shipping with Intel Corp.'s Centrino Wi-Fi functionality, but Linux drivers for it still are not available. Intel is trying to rectify this situation by starting up a free software project that provides drivers.
ACCESSION #
13492098

 

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