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Old 08-10-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Why are little things like getting surround sound to work so difficult compared to windows?

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Old 08-10-2006, 03:06 PM   #2
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Why do people continue to ask rhetorical questions? Why do people assume their "Windows compatible" hardware will work with Linux? A better question would be, "why don't hardware manufactures offer more support for Linux?" and "what can I do to make things better for other Linux users?". If you're having difficulties, ask and people will help.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 03:27 PM   #3
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Why do people continue to ask rhetorical questions? Why do people assume their "Windows compatible" hardware will work with Linux? A better question would be, "why don't hardware manufactures offer more support for Linux?" and "what can I do to make things better for other Linux users?". If you're having difficulties, ask and people will help.
I did ask and was given an answer but it didn't work. I think the main problem is linux is in an infinite loop. Manufacturers won't support it because only a few use it and some don't use it because it isn't supported.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 04:17 PM   #4
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there are many issues here but the main issue is home name.

until the linux name is spoken in homes as easily and nciely as windows and mac, we wont get the hardware face time we need. But that being said, i find my built in 6.1 nvidia surround sounds from my old nforce 2 board works fine. It takes time for a group of people, all working for free and openly tio create drivers for us non-programmers. Linux is a giant prject with hundreds of thounsdands of people in it. and hardware is a tough nut to crack so jsut give it time.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 05:30 PM   #5
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I want to appologize for my snide remark earlier. It's been a trying day for me. In any event, I also, occasionally, get frustrated that Linux doesn't automagically detect some of my hardware. But it's important that we remember that "Linux" is not to blame for all of this. Linux, in general, provides a great alternative to Windows. However, Linux is not Windows and we can't expect it to work the same or be compatible with all the hardware at the local shop. We should try to stay positive and show support for the things we like/enjoy.
 
Old 08-10-2006, 06:50 PM   #6
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Hey, I'm amazed at how much Linux does support, considering that the vast majority of drivers are written in people's spare time, sometimes even without basic specifications to work on.

Linux' hardware support truely is phenomenal. Practically every Linux driver that exists comes with Linux, and works 100% or almost 100%. You don't get anything like that quality with Windows - you have to mess around with bundled CDs and, often as not, bug-ridden drivers developed on a shoestring.

Configuration can be more complicated, I'll grant you that, but many newbie-oriented distros come with tools that make it a piece of cake.

I, too, believed in the "vicious cycle" you describe when I was a newbie, but I've since realised that the facts that hardware boxes don't say "Linux compatible" on the side, and that Linux software is sold in shops, are totally irrelevant.

The Linux userbase is growing faster than ever before, and manufacturers are taking note and making their products more Linux-friendly (usually all that's needed is for them to release the specs of their devices).

As a newbie, it can be hard to see past the "Arrrgh I don't know what's going on, what do I do, this all different" factor - but once you've settled down a bit and started to feel your way around you'll become a lot more comfortable and start to see the bigger picture.

My advice is stick with it, and you'll be wiping that Windows partition and evangelising your friends in no time
 
Old 08-11-2006, 01:11 AM   #7
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Let's keep this thread focused on the problem at hand rather than for it to turn into a Slashdot article.

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Why are little things like getting surround sound to work so difficult compared to windows?
My main comment with respect to the original post is that it offers zero information - we have no idea what equipment is being used, which distro is installed, what steps have been performed, etc. If one wants help, one needs to at least provide some context and background information. If this queestion is still open, please provide that info.
 
Old 08-13-2006, 06:44 AM   #8
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As I understood it, it's not a request for specific assistance - it's simply an enquiry as to why a lot of hardware is more difficult to set up in Linux than it is in Windows.

I did my best to explain the differences, while encouraging the new person not to give up and fall back to an inferior system.
 
  


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