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Why does Linux drivers work when windows don't?
Posted October 29th, 2010 - 12:31 am from London, England
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Posted October 31st, 2010 - 8:53 am by from Bochum, Germany (Permalink)
Well,

mainly this is related to the architecture change from windows vista -> windows 7 ( 32bit -> 64 bit ). Thats the problem why the old drivers don't work anymore and as the vendor doesn't see any sense in still mantaining such old hardware.

Linux on the other side is different, as nearly every driver is included in the kernel and so still mantained.

Posted October 31st, 2010 - 12:59 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Maybe because windows developers do the stuff for money and Linux developers do it for the fun (or because Linux developers eat rainbows for breakfast :-))

Also the goal of Windows is to generate money - if the people, who develop drivers, are so shortsighted as to skip future hardware support to save money, they kill of their own user base in my opinion.
You're only a good windows user when you always buy the newest soft- and hardware (even though not even all of that stuff will be compatible).

It's tactics, strategy, deals between companies and so on but in the end it all equals money (and not caring too much about their users), I guess.

Developing stuff for already released software COSTS money whereas people having to buy new software/hardware to accompany their new hardware/software GENERATES money.
Simple as that.

Cheers, Jakob