[ILUG] Dell's pathetic Linux device support
jm at jmason.org
Thu Jan 22 18:26:36 GMT 2004
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Timothy Murphy writes:
>On Thursday 22 January 2004 17:20, Aidan Delaney wrote:
>> HP, IBM and several other vendors have
>> made noises about providing proper GNU/Linux support on their desktop
>> machines. Can we get Dell to do the same?
>In my experience drivers from manufacturers are usually more trouble
>than they are worth -
>often they only work with ancient kernels,
>and you never know if they will still work if you ugrade your system.
>I wouldn't buy a system from Dell, or anyone else,
>unless I knew that someone was successfully running Linux on it.
Yep. Dell have been bad in the past (in my experience) with producing
machines with reliable Linux support. I would suggest, unless you really
trust the hardware vendor to buy into Linux -- as IBM have ;) -- give it a
My suggestion is, if you're buying a machine, do a google for the
components and linux, to see if someone else is running on it reliably.
(Yes, this is ridiculous, but while manufacturers buy cheap, undocumented
components that only work on Windows, you've got to do it.)
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