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Old 04-10-2014, 07:45 PM   #16
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Linux is open-source and anyone can "fork" their own project, so ***by definition*** there will always be a varying level of ease, usability, quality, stability, etc. from project to project.
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Will Linux ever get easy to install drivers?
Already there......Just got a new Brother printer---on their website, an install script. D/L, set run flag, run. Printer works.... (this was on a Mint system)

My experience in the last year is that everything in Linux "just works"
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Originally Posted by TroN-0074 View Post
every OS will required to download and ISO image to fully install in a computer, even Android requires you to download a zip file.
If you are having problem with hardware not detected you should try a newer version of the OS you want to install. In your case Ubuntu which 10.04 has been out of order for a while now. download 13.10 version and you will noticed the difference.

I would suggest you to go with a lite version like Xubuntu 13.04 or Lubuntu 13.04 for better performance
you can also try a lite weight version of Linux Mint like Linux Mint Xfce.

Really trying to help here with this post. Wish you best luck.
I meant 12.04. :P Was late last night... I first tried the driver from AMD because the download site said it supported the 7500M.

I often have to work on systems without any internet access, or on ones in rural areas with only slow dialup, not even 33.6. I just loooove Autopatcher. I use it even when I do have access to fast internet because the local install is faster.

Anything like Autopatcher for Linux? I have a hard drive with all the up to date updates for all versions of Windows back to 2000. Another stuffed full of updates, drivers, and other software for Linux would be just as useful.

Another reason why I'd much rather have drivers to download and be able to do an offline install is for when old versions get superseded by new ones and older hardware becomes deprecated or the new driver still supports it but is "feature reduced". Backed up onto a disc or other media it'll always be available.

Yet another situation is installing an OS on a computer that will not ever be allowed contact with the internet, such as for a CNC machine controller or one operating medical equipment. If some bit of hardware needs a driver not included but connecting to the net is forbidden...

I'll try antix on the old laptop and see if it correctly detects and installs support for the video, and the floppy drive.
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Why would you not use the open source driver instead of the AMD proprietary and a vintage card the kernel driver will be enough and is in fact enough if you were out surfing the web looking for drivers. You don't surf the bet looking for drivers especially in Ubuntu, there is a section in the control panel that will do that if there available. If your update reduces features that you need and want you can revert back then black that from updating again. Last I knew CNC and medical stuff comes as a package you don't need to do anything, and to top that you can have your own local repos on a CD/HD/NAS or whatever.

Most things for OS X come into the kernel, specialized SW does come with a .dmg but it's special and not in and of it's self a driver some just load the driver that is already on the kernel. If you really dig in and start manually installing kext's for unsupported stuff it become more complicated that Linux.
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Originally Posted by Galane View Post
I meant 12.04. :P Was late last night... I first tried the driver from AMD because the download site said it supported the 7500M.
Again, while there are older versions of the proprietary driver that work with the Radeon 7500M, those drivers do not work on any still supported OS. May it be possible that you have mixed up your card with a card from the HD 7500 series?
For that card your only way to get proper support is the open source driver, which should be installed by default on most distributions, including Ubuntu. You can get newer versions of the open source driver with using the xorg-edgers or the oibaf PPA, but those are experimental and not really what I would recommend for a user new to Linux.

If you have problems to get your card working with the free driver I would recommend to open a new thread regarding that specific problem.
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Originally Posted by TobiSGD View Post
Again, while there are older versions of the proprietary driver that work with the Radeon 7500M, those drivers do not work on any still supported OS.
In fact, first generation ATI Radeon GPUs, such as the Mobility Radeon 7500, were never supported by proprietary drivers from ATI.


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