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Old 07-05-2016, 03:09 PM   #1
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Is it me or ASUS (and others) don't stress it on linux drivers (spec. P8B75-V)


Hey, on official site i see only drivers for Windows. Is it because this motherboard is more for office use, or is this their policy for everything? Also, is there a brand that is more lining towards Linux? (ASrock, MSI?)
 
Old 07-05-2016, 03:14 PM   #2
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Were I you, I would send Asus a polite email noting that Linux users need and use drivers, too, and that you would appreciate them offering some on their site.

In my experience. companies seem to just not bother with Linux because it just doesn't generate the demand that Windows does. To be fair, though, Linux is often pretty self-reliant in the driver space, so in a way I can see why.

Even so, a friendly email never hurts; and if we don't tell them we're looking, then how will they know?
 
Old 07-05-2016, 03:14 PM   #3
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Motherboard manufacturers don't provide Linux drivers because they know that the drivers are already a standard part of the Linux kernel.

It's not like on Windows, where you need to install OEM drivers for the "chipset", onboard network adapter and onboard graphics adapter after installing the OS. When you install Linux, those things are already set up.

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Old 07-05-2016, 03:20 PM   #4
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Shows what I know. I thought OP was asking about onboard wifi chips.

Do you really have to install drivers for your motherboard when installing Windows??

/* never installed or used windows before */

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Old 07-05-2016, 03:26 PM   #5
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Shows what I know. I thought OP was asking about onboard wifi chips.

Do you really have to install drivers for your motherboard when installing Windows??

/* never installed or used windows before */
You have to install drivers for _everything_ with Windows.

I thought things might have changed since the last Windows system I set up years ago, but sure enough I just set up a Windows 10 machine a couple of weeks ago and with a vanilla install there were ~10 items listed in the device manager with broken/missing drivers. No wired ethernet, crappy graphics, broken USB support, etc., until I grabbed the giant driver ball from the mobo manufacturer's site and spent an hour installing them all and rebooting 10+ times.

That system also dual boots OpenSUSE, which worked fine out of the box.
 
Old 07-05-2016, 03:57 PM   #6
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Wifi dongles, motherboards, most graphics cards, almost everything, is in the Linux kernel. Install Linux, any distro, and things just work. No need for drivers for almost anything, although Nvidia is something of an exception in some cases because they refuse to release their source code. All a manufacturer needs to do is provide the source code for their drivers to the Linux kernel team, and it's incorporated. Not so with Windows. Almost all the hardware you buy comes with a CD containing Windows and Apple drivers. You don't see any Linux drivers on that CD, because none are needed.

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Old 07-06-2016, 06:08 AM   #7
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Were I you, I would send Asus a polite email noting that Linux users need and use drivers, too, and that you would appreciate them offering some on their site.

In my experience. companies seem to just not bother with Linux because it just doesn't generate the demand that Windows does. To be fair, though, Linux is often pretty self-reliant in the driver space, so in a way I can see why.

Even so, a friendly email never hurts; and if we don't tell them we're looking, then how will they know?
+1

I've done this a few times in the past with different companies (including applications, not just drivers) and at the very least, I think it lets them know there is an interest, even if they say no.

Regards...

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