On Fri, 6 Sep 2002 03:49:28 +0530
Post by Sameer Shinde
On Wednesday, September 04, 2002 3:28 PM
Post by Philip S Tellis
I can watch movies full screen, and if only I could get a pair of
speakers in here, I could hear them too (my sound system is
Yours, Not everybodys.( atleast not mine even after trying sndconfig
) Such things doesn't happen in windows as the cards comes with
ready drivers for it.
You can plug-in dam any sound card in it & it works
That's not a merit of Windows or a demerit of Linux. That's the result
of Microsoft's monopolistic stranglehold on the market. You can run
"any dam" souncard in Windows because the vendor of that card ships
drivers for Windows with it. How many cards can you plug into WinXP
and run them without vendor provided software? BTW, some of the
reputed hardware vendors are now shipping Linux drivers with their
products, nVIDIA, for instance.
Post by Sameer Shinde
Again one biggest issue of Internal modems, they are not supported
by linux ( although some but mejority of them are not)
<quote>There are many so-called "winmodems" available now. In fact, it
seems that most PCI modems are winmodems</quote>
This is from the Modems page of Linux hardware HOWTO and explains it
all. Ever wondered why the price of an internal modem is a third that
of external ones? It's because these modems depend on the OS to do the
modulation/demodulation. Naturally, they'd like to depend on *Windows*
OS for the largest consumer base. Not only that, they are also slow
performers since execution in hardware is way faster than execution in
software for the same algorithm.
Using internal modems is a conscious choice made by the buyer and
almost always, he is aware of the cost difference between internal and
exetrnal modems. He asks the vendors what the difference between the
two is and the vendor bluntly says, "nothing"! That, dear luggers, is
the effect of Microsoft monopoly. Even if, say, 30% of the Desktops
had non-Windows OSes, the vendor would have known of the issue and
cautioned the buyer. The more you use Windows the more harm you cause
to yourself and the computer using community in general.
I agree that that X Windows is not the God of all GUI systems. Nor is
MS Windows' GUI. Not the Mac either. Everyone of them has
shortcomings. What hurts the most is that people use such generalized
and derogatory words as "suxx" to degrade the efforts of brilliant
programmers who are trying to make things better so that getting stuck
into a monopoly is not as "easy" or "natural" as it is today. The word
"suxx" has a really strong implication. I don't recall anyone saying
"Windows suxx" in this thread.
This brings us to the issue of criticizing Linux on this forum. Indeed
criticizing is positive but to what extent is some critique helpful?
Do we have anyone on this list who's directly involved with the
development of X or any of the Window Managers or Desktop
Environments? The best form of criticism is submitting bug reports to
the developers. That, dear users of Linux, is what makes you hope for
improvements in what you get.
This list also has people who are newbies and are here to get a clue.
What message do we send out to them when we make grossly subjective
statements about some rough edges of a part of Linux? And what message
do we send to them when we whine like losers against the monopoly that
Microsoft is? Linux may not be the best OS. Rather it *is not* the
best OS. But it is good enough for anyone who wants to break free from
the monopoly - and I mean _anyone_ when I say anyone.
Tahir Hashmi (VSE, NCST)
tahir AT ncst DOT ernet DOT in
We, the rest of humanity, wish GNU luck and Godspeed