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[News] More Linux Support Comes and Gets Demanded

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Socket and embWiSe Introduce Linux and Nucleus Support 

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| Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile 
| productivity products, today announced a partnership with embWiSe for the 
| introduction of Linux and Nucleus® support for the new Socket Go Wi-Fi!® 
| 802.11a/b/g SDIO.    


Standing up for Linux support

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| Linux is simply a better operating system in so many respects that it doesn’t 
| make sense to change.  I am not going to trade the stability and security of 
| Linux for the bug and virus world of Windows just so I can watch Netflix on 
| demand.  I think the logic of the naysayers is that this means I should just 
| accept the situation as it stands.  I see where they’re coming from, but 
| that’s absolutely the wrong attitude, especially coming from other Linux or 
| BSD users.  Desktop Linux users are still a minority, sure; but what’s 
| keeping it that way?  Lack of support and compatibility is a big part of the 
| reason; hardware, software, and service vendors locked in to Microsoft 
| standards because they don’t see any reason not to be.  And unless we stand 
| up and demand to be counted, there will never be much reason for them to 
| change.           
| I want to use the better OS, and I want to be acknowledged as an equal 
| customer.  If there is something you want from your business relationship 
| that you’re not getting, you should ask for it.  Maybe Netflix or AT&T might 
| still decide not to offer it, but they will never offer it if they don’t know 
| anyone wants it.  So we should speak up.    



Linux Desktop Hardware Myths Explored

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| For instance I own a Wii guitar for Rock Band that I use to play Frets On
| Fire during my off time. Works out of the box, all I had to do is setup the
| button configuration from within the game itself.
| I also have two external hard drives using various Linux file systems on
| multiple partitions. Each partition mounts immediately once the external hard
| drive is plugged in. And saving the best for last, I tested things out by
| purchasing a random external DVD Burner (Sony brand) that I picked up at
| random from Best Buy simply because it was cheap.


Fighting the "legacy" reputations of GNU/Linux, seventeen years later

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| So there it was, a reasonably seasoned GNU/Linux user who had experienced
| great success with it, fell back to the old, old reputation that it’s harder
| to get peripherals working with GNU/Linux than Windows. If you read back
| through my description above you’ll note he had successfully installed both
| printers and then un-installed and reinstalled them later. Those procedures
| had “just worked” — but the printers hadn’t — yet he still thought that
| perhaps using them from Windows would fix it. As it happened just installing
| the second one in Windows had been a pain — he had no driver CD you see.
| I don’t blame him for his assumption. I’ve had plenty of cases where printer
| manufacturers were doing special — undocumented — things with the Windows
| drivers. It’s also fairly unfortunate to have two printers experience very
| similar problems one after the other so his assumption that it might be the
| PC was a pretty good guess. But what bothers me is that someone who has had
| so much success with GNU/Linux can still believe that Windows would
| automatically succeed where GNU/Linux hadn’t.



Position Statement on Linux Kernel Modules

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| We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux
| kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable. We have repeatedly
| found them to be detrimental to Linux users, businesses, and the greater
| Linux ecosystem. Such modules negate the openness, stability, flexibility,
| and maintainability of the Linux development model and shut their users off
| from the expertise of the Linux community. Vendors that provide closed-source
| kernel modules force their customers to give up key Linux advantages or
| choose new vendors. Therefore, in order to take full advantage of the cost
| savings and shared support benefits open source has to offer, we urge vendors
| to adopt a policy of supporting their customers on Linux with open-source
| kernel code.
| We speak only for ourselves, and not for any company we might work for today,
| have in the past, or will in the future.


Apple now less reliable than cheap Chinese computers

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| cheap and cheerful machines made by Asus and Lenovo.


Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

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| The problem is that even though Kroah-Hartman and his developers are willing
| to sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) for companies that are reluctant to
| open up their devices to open source, businesses are still hanging
| back. "What we need now is more companies participating in the project,"
| Kroah-Hartman said.
| [...]
| He also wondered if the problem of Linux device drivers has been
| overstated...


A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

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| Putting aside Apple hardware, where all the software works with
| all the hardware so long as it's all up to the minute, I found
| that MEPIS actually has better hardware support for this PC
| than Vista.
| [...]
| Adding insult to injury, since DRM protection schemes must
| evolve constantly, to stay ahead of hackers tearing them down,
| I have little doubt that one day you'll come home to find that
| a Vista update to DRM-protection has just locked you out of your
| media collection. You know, the same collection, which had
| worked just fine the day before. Repeat after me: DRM does
| not belong in operating systems.

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