Dell Optiplex 755's with Ubuntu 7.10 (QUad Core Systems)
matthew at acfr.usyd.edu.au
Mon Apr 7 20:56:35 CDT 2008
Raymond Wan wrote:
> This doesn't seem to be either a Dell or an Ubuntu problem, but (IMHO) a
> Linux problem. Though I love Linux, one thing that Windows gets right
> is that things usually work right out of the box.
If you get the right driver.....
> For example, I use Debian and am in Japan where the paper standard is
> A4. One would think that setting the value in /etc/papersize or in the
> printer settings would do it, but some programs require to make the
> change from lettersize paper within the program. Somewhat difficult to
> get use to.
Bad example - Windows has problems with this as well. The amount of
time some one printing on 'US Letter' has stalled out A4 printers over
the years, as application / per document settings override the system
setting... (And now HP printers have a setting that causes it to ignore
requests for US Letter paper and print on A4 anyway!)
> Sorry for going off-topic, but I don't think this is a problem limited
> to "this soundcard with this linux kernel". I think it is quite common,
> but each version of a Linux distribution (regardless of whether it is
> Ubuntu, RH, Debian, etc.) gets better and better at it. I look forward
> to the day when a Linux install takes less than half-a-day. :-)
Part of the problem is each vendor takes the standard chip and hooks it
up a different way. The Vendor then does a Windows driver that knows
about their quirks. They don't do a Linux one.
Some one in the Linux world then writes a 'generic' driver for the chip
and then has to deal with the zillion ways the vendors actually hook em up.
Sound chips are prone to this - seems every vendor hooks the outputs up
Look at the DVB card drivers some time. There are two popular DVB
chips. Linux has 'Unified' drivers for these two chips - each driver now
detects about 100 different variations of card based on these chips.
Every one seems to hook the tuner chip up differently....
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