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Re: ATI video comes out of the closet



Bruce Byfield wrote:
On Sat, 2007-08-09 at 10:03 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:

I've seen the same sort of problems with other distributions, as well as
Windows.
We have a lot of windows machines on all the same hardware as has broken with fedora, and keep them all updated. I can't recall any of them ever failing to boot after an update, at least in the post win2ksp2 era which would be pretty close to the entire lifespan of fedora. Windows has its problems, but binary device drivers aren't among them as far as working for end users goes.

Then you've had the luck of the draw, and I haven't. SP2 for Windows XP
broke two installations on me, and several minor patches also caused
problems for me on different machines.

With hardware?  I'm curious about the devices.

Moreover, on the install I did
last week, I needed to hunt down drivers for the ethernet, sound, and
video cards for Windows, while Linux on the same machine installed
flawlessly.

That's always to be expected if your hardware is newer than the spin of the install CD, and I've had to do that with windows too. But I don't have an issue with having to work on the initial setup - just when a working system breaks due to a mid-version update.

This is the first time in nine or ten months that I've had
Windows in the house, and the experience was enough to make me regret
giving into the family request that I install it. So, clearly, there is
a whole range of experience.

Did you have a current version of the Windows install CD? It's unfair to compare an up to date fedora to a several year old cut of Windows in terms of included device support.

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  Les Mikesell
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