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[News] Linux & Windows Hardware Support Myth Busted

Linux Hardware Support

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| Here's the problem with that argument: Most hardware does not
| work "Out of the box" in Windows. When people say their hardware
| worked "Out of the box" I don't think they are talking about "Out
| of the blue Windows XP box." What I think they mean is "Out of
| the Dell box."
| [...]
| The catch is that you must buy hardware that is supported by the
| software you intend to run on it. Is this really so unreasonable?
| Would you buy a Sun Spark workstation and try to run Windows on it?



Kernel Comparison for Linux (2.6.18) verses Windows (2003 R2)

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| Architectures:  Linux   Windows
|   PC x86        Y       Y
|   PC AMD64      Y       Y
|   PC IA-64      Y       Y
|   Alpha         Y       N
|   PPC           Y       N
|   PPC64         Y       N
|   SPARC32       Y       N
|   SPARC64       Y       N
|   ARM           Y       N
|   HP PA-RISC    Y       N
|  Motorola 680x0 Y       N
|   MIPS          Y       N
|   MIPS (DEC)    Y       N
|   PowerPC       Y       N
|   IBM S/390     Y       N
|   others        Y       N


Is There Perfection in The Linux Kernel?

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| In a perfect world, you could compile a brand-new Linux kernel
| without the need for much configuration and without error.
| According to Linus Torvalds, the new 2.6.19 Linux kernel is such
| an entity.
| "It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels," Torvalds wrote in a
| Linux kernel mailing list posting announcing the new kernel.


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