If it's fine for you, great. But those are issues nonetheless. I don't pay for hardware to underperform, have less features than what appears on the box and/or burn my lap.
Last edited by glock24; 06-21-2012 at 02:46 PM.
In case you're not aware there's a difference between real problem and some winboys bullshit.There's some that think this was just about attacking Linux or that I'm somehow anti-open-source and pro-Apple pro-Microsoft for showing off the flaws of Linux. I'm just a realist and acknowledge that Linux isn't perfect.
Chalk me up as another "gamer" that has a wife, kid, and mortgage. Granted, that time is much less now than in my single days. BTW, one could argue that virtually anything is a waste of time.
I have had varying success with Linux on different hardware. Llano builds seems to give me the biggest fits, and my sandy bridge ProBook runs like a champ. However, more tweaking is needed to start rivaling Windows battery life. That's the pro and con, you can enhance your Linux experience, but it often requires a good deal of research and testing. The OOB experience isn't terrible, but not always optimal. Where MS has a theoretical advantage is that OEMs preconfigure the machines so everything is setup. Unfortunately, these days the preconfigured Windows machine has heaps of crapware that makes people blame hardware and MS. Still, any novice dropping in a windows install disk and installing from scratch could have issues, too, as Windows Update doesn't always install all hardware. I've even seen it recommend the wrong USB 3 controller driver after it has already been setup.
And for what its worth, my gigabyte board works perfectly on 12.04.
All that to say that I can agree with the author. You can't focus on improving things until you admit things needs work. All in all, I think Linux is much better than a few years ago, but I won't say it's "ideal" today. With the significant changes coming in Win 8, Linux has another golden opportunity to attract new users. A good initial experience is critical. You want the beginner to be focused on how to use the OS features, and less on configuration stuff.
I sometimes think people haven't used a version of Windows since 95 or something...
Fully Dolby/DTS Bitstreaming/decoding, HDMI In/Out [including video, if connected to GPU], Output over Powered Headphone Amp [Variable Gain], 12 band EQ, full EAX 1-5 support, the standard X-fi enhancements, environmental effects, and the like.Don't know what you meand by "full feature set". I get the full 5.1 audio using mplayer or VLC while watching a movie that has multichannel audio, if that's what you mean. Recording also works. I've not tried hundreds of USB headsets, but all I have tried did work out of the box in the last 5 or so years.
Again, headsets are simple, soundcards are much harder.
But it's just as bad with the anti-Windows caricatures... "It crashes all the time... It's infested with viruses... It's slow and bloated..." Windows ME was like a dozen years ago. Things are different today.
(In fairness... when I installed Windows 7, it didn't have a LAN driver, so it couldn't download all the other drivers automatically. Getting and installing the LAN driver was trivial though (double-click to install). Compare that to installing a LAN driver on Linux.)
In Linux, if the driver it's not in the kernel and you're inexperienced with Linux, you're probably screwed.
In Windows, if the driver of the (normally old) vendor CD doesn't work well for you and you don't know how and where search the driver, you're probably screwed.
In both cases you have to get help (Internet, friends, etc) to get the hardware working.
By memory I can remember two cases of HP laptops with Vista only drivers (no XP, no 7), both of them have now Linux just for the drivers (and to get away from Vista ).
Of course Windows have better out-of-the-box support for new hardware because they have the hardware vendor's support and Linux don't.