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Old 07-30-2006, 05:32 AM   #1
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Myths, Lies, and Truths about the Linux kernel


Hi, as Dave said, I'm Greg, and I've been given the time by the people at OLS to talk to you for a bit about kernel stuff. I'm going to discuss the a number of different lies that people always say about the kernel and try to debunk them; go over a few truths that aren't commonly known, and discuss some myths that I hear repeated a lot.
Now when I mean a myth, I'm referring to something that was believed to have some truth to them, but when you really examine them, they are fictional. Let's call them the "urban myths" of the Linux kernel.
So, to start, let's look at a very common myth that really annoys me a lot:

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Old 07-30-2006, 07:57 AM   #2
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux News and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

Thanks for the link, its a really interesting article. I've moved it to Linux News because its more of a news article than a technical question.
 
Old 07-30-2006, 09:11 AM   #3
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you mean there was/is a "Linux News" here? i didn't knew: I am sorry.
 
Old 08-08-2006, 04:38 AM   #4
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Excellent article. Very well explained and beautifully presented.
I have been using Linux for a good few years now and I didn't realised some of the points. For example:
'Linux supports more devices, "out of the box", than any other operating system ever has.'
"Out of the box" is the key sentence here. This will really help me to win some of the Linux Vs Windows arguments I have with my friends.
 
Old 08-09-2006, 04:53 PM   #5
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Great article. Absolutely true: "Plug and Play" for W!ndow$ sucks. I could take almost any piece of hardware and plug it into my Linux box, and (gasp!) it would work without configuration. For example, I have a presentation remote with a USB receiver. When I plug the receiver, I can start a slideshow and use it right away. W!ndow$ and OSX think it's a keyboard.

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Total world domination is proceeding as planned.
 
Old 08-11-2006, 06:17 AM   #6
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Old 08-13-2006, 01:37 AM   #7
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Nice article. I didn't see the bit about "linux supporting more hardware out of the box" coming--what a pleasent surprise!

Maybe I'll make that last picture my desktop background
 
Old 08-14-2006, 09:22 AM   #8
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yeah ... probably I should
 
Old 08-15-2006, 11:18 AM   #9
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yeah ... probably I should
That didn't take too long...
 
Old 08-23-2006, 11:24 PM   #10
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Very good article you have there prozac, It was quite an enjoyable and a very informative read. I have often thought about how does one start up with kernel development, now I know .

Keep it up.

PS: heres my contribution to taking over the world.
 
Old 09-22-2006, 04:54 PM   #11
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Nice article. I didn't see the bit about "linux supporting more hardware out of the box" coming--what a pleasent surprise!

Maybe I'll make that last picture my desktop background
I thought of doing that as well

The only non-modem USB thing that doesn't seem to instantly work in Suse Linux 10.1 is my joypads. But they work whenever I type modprobe joydev.
 
Old 09-22-2006, 07:40 PM   #12
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burninGpi....i can read that, but i don't think i could program. good article too.
 
Old 10-15-2006, 06:09 PM   #13
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great artical but I never seen anything about how linux doesn't suport microsoft programs. I love linux but I have found that the programs that I love and bought from microsoft wont work on linux and if linux is ever going to sucseed in the PC world it needs to have a program that alows users to run and install microsoft software and programs because the majority of programs out their are made to run on windows
 
Old 10-16-2006, 12:47 AM   #14
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great artical but I never seen anything about how linux doesn't suport microsoft programs. I love linux but I have found that the programs that I love and bought from microsoft wont work on linux and if linux is ever going to sucseed in the PC world it needs to have a program that alows users to run and install microsoft software and programs because the majority of programs out their are made to run on windows
Though I don't agree with your statement that "if linux is ever going to sucseed in the PC world it needs to have a program that alows users to run and install microsoft software and programs because the majority of programs out their are made to run on windows"
I would like to tell you that there ARE programs that do such as the Wine project and Crossover and then there are OS emulators like QEMU, VMWARE. you can choose your pick.
 
Old 10-16-2006, 01:27 AM   #15
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Though I don't agree with your statement that "if linux is ever going to sucseed in the PC world it needs to have a program that alows users to run and install microsoft software and programs because the majority of programs out their are made to run on windows"
I would like to tell you that there ARE programs that do such as the Wine project and Crossover and then there are OS emulators like QEMU, VMWARE. you can choose your pick.
I know of the programs out their that help you to use the microsoft programs, but say You need to install a internet card, a scanner, or a printer. You have a cd for but the cd is for microsoft computers. How are you supost to install it on your computer when running linux.

can you install a microsoft driver on a linux operating system, and use the hardware that its for?
 
  


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