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Old 02-03-2005, 11:01 AM   #1
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Linux boycott site?

Is there such a thing??
If not don't you think there should be? Think about it, if hardware developers can't be bothered to support our OS of choice, why the FSCK should we support them?!? i reckon a boycott page with a list of hardware NOT to buy and maybe even a list of suitable linux friendly alternatives would help with users wondering a certain peripheral works or not and who knows, it might even change the minds of some the hardware companies if they see it.
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since this is opinion, i'll add my two bits

no, that is stupid. i don't think it'll get any real notice if people do that. linux is not mainstream, and that is the problem with support. I don't think a bunch of geeks trying to get organized and whine about it would fix anything.

HW manufacturers are increasingly supporting linux. this is due to the market trend, and increased usage (probably based on increased user-friendlyness). not because somebody threw a tantrum about not getting what they wanted.
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I agree to an extent about the site. I wouldn't call it a boycott site but rater a site that lists hardware man. That work with Linux and those who don't. We don't want to say "Don't buy fro them until they support Linux" but rather, "These work well with Linux and have good support, while these guys don't That way we are not being force for and its more of a genital nudge. It is important not to push people to Linux because when you push someone they push back. But I think that site would be a big help. And I am sure there is a site all ready similar, but if you would like I wouldn't mind helping on such an endeavor. PM me or email me if you would like to coordinate something. I am sure my LUG would help too.
Old 02-03-2005, 12:58 PM   #4
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Spell check is not your friend tux, -- I don't think the HW manufacturers would respond any better to "genital nudges." (that's why i never touch the spell check, myself)

and nobody can PM you unless you're a contributing member -- stick to e-mail.
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very bad idea imho.

For the kinda of things you are likely to be referring to, Linux makes up possibly 1% of their potential customer base. hardly worth battling for, you're not going to get support through protest, your going to get it my realy letting the "offending" companies that you love their products, and being able to use them under Linux would make life, the universe and everything, better in every way.
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Yea I always through my posts into open office real fast and don't usaly look back over them.

I don't feel that we are going to get anyone to offer suport through a website like this eather but I think if there isn't one there should be and I would be willing to help i anyone else is interested. And I didn't think about the pm so yes feel free to email me.
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yeah you are talking limited amrket here.not exactly going to hurt them. I am willing to bet part of the reason though why some manufacturers are looking to support linux is more and more games these days offer Linux Server consoles.
Old 02-03-2005, 07:31 PM   #8
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That would alienate them even more ( those that care at all) and probably make them shy away from supporting Linux at all.

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Old 02-03-2005, 09:22 PM   #9
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The HCL is a way better alternative to deal with this.
Old 02-04-2005, 04:53 PM   #10
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Bad idea, HCLs are a better way to approach this issue for a number of reasons.

For instance, once a peice of hardware goes on a "boycott" list, it'll be on there until somebody verifies that it works under Linux, and remove it's entry from the list. This could be complicated by copies of that list on other websites and such that would only be updated if another copy were made.

On the other hand, once a device has been demonstrated to be Linux compatible, it can go on an HCL as being compatible with distro and release such-and-such and no maintenance on that particular entry need ever been done again. In other words, no deletions would be necessary to keep the list up to date.


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