First of all I have to second chris, and I don't
mind you considering me an arrogant a******
for that. I'll just consider you an average teen-ager
(yes, I know you're > 30) with a lack of will/ability
to work things out for himself.
I can't understand why one distro like Redhat 8.0 supports my ATI All-in-Wonder 128 with OpenGL working fine when I select the All-in-Wonder Pro driver, but in Mandrake 9 for example there is no such driver listed, and if I use the ATI Rage 128 TV, then the openGL does not work. I tried Tux for testing Open GL and only Redhat works for me.
Don't all distros use the same available drivers for hardware?
As a matter of fact they don't. The distributions
(Debian, Slackware, Gentoo - to just name a few
of the more common ones) that use a stock-kernel
from kernel.org do, RedHat, Mandrake, SuSE all
make their private little changes to the stock-kernels
and bundle that with their distribution.
Then there's a wide variety in little tools that
will try to figure out what hardware you got (also
quite distro-specific) and configure it for you.
How do I know that my Linux is optimized for every aspect of my PC hardware? (Like DMA on for ATA133 Harddrives)
hdparm -Tt /dev/hdX
In windows you probably (not even knowing)
accepted that windows NT explicitly turned off
advanced features of Non-Intel CPUs? ...
Look, if your questions were primarily of a
technical-informational nature rather than being
a nagging pain in the a** people would respond to
you much friendlier (and certainly more willingly).
Why are there so many nasty people in the Linux community? At least, I am sure there are an equal amount of nice and helpful people too. I just keep running into the wrong ones I guess.
And if you looked at posts of people like Chris and
me in response to other users you'd find that we are
very friendly and helpful in at least 90% of the time,
and it's always guys with an attitude like yours that
find us arrogant. Thanks goodness there's not too
many of that kind around (yet), which makes life
much easier for us, and more exciting, since we
can concentrate on providing help rather than
trying to clean up the mess some parents made
bringing up a spoiled brat :}
I'm not surprised, however, that you refuse to
consider even for a split-second that the fault
in these discussions might be with you.
Wake up, Paul, the "nasty people" are you
and the likes.