I always thought Ati/Amd and Nvidia always supplied Linux drivers, they just were not open source.psycros said:
I've never understood what possible reasoning a company could have for <i>not</i> releasing drivers for every widely used OS. While its market share in the US is miniscule, its been growing steadily for ages. Outside the sphere of American domination, Linux is used quite a bit and its popularity is growing rapidly. With the impending disaster that is Windows 8 looming large, users who aren't ready to buy an overpriced Apple machine may start giving Linux a much more serious look.
I take offense at that generalization. I use Windows for various reasons: school, work, I play quite a few games and don't feel like using WINE, etc. Do I buy PCs off the shelf? Well technically its not a shelf, but it was on a shelf at one point, but u get my point. But yes I do, and I buy them that way when they are on sale at a cheap enough price that its actually cheaper to buy it prebuilt than to build it myself. So I meet both your stereotypes and yet I can still install an OS (not really a good reference seeing as how you basically put a disc in, change boot order, and click a few options unless you have an answer file). Most people use Windows because its a solid OS, mostly, that is much, much cheaper than the Apple alternative. More people don't use Linux because not many people outside the group that is truly interested in, or work with, computers know about Linux besides that its another OS.Guest said:
Your giving Windows users way to much credit. They will not change, they will blindly follow where ever Microsoft leads them. They are just sheep to be sheered. Actually, most of them just buy what a PC off the shelf and do not know how to install an OS if it bit them on their butt.
That's true, Linux just sucks, it is the worst. I would prefer Windows 8 than Linux although I didn't like Windows 8, but surely it is much better than Linux.Qrox said:
I've used 3 versions of Linux over the last few years, and would not recommend it to anyone (unless I wanted them to suffer).
The only reason I've worked on them is for University purposes and its really a crap system. The latest version we have at our university is worse that windows 98.
Other than the OS being free, I really don't know why people use Linux.