Written by XMBuntu the 6 Jul 08 at 03:25.
Category: Hardware support.
It would be nice to have some sort of driver system for Windows devices such as Zunes, Webcams, etc. Having a program or database filled with compatible drivers would be great for people who own Windows and Linux OS's and have devices they want to use with both systems. It can be a hastle to download and use emulators for such things, also it sucks up good processing power and system memory.
Btw, the perfect example actually is a blu-ray drive. Windows supports the actual drive (no drivers needed). But a blu-ray drive is useless without also possessing a media player capable of playing the Blu-ray movie files.
So we would have the same problem. We already support using the drives, but a player is needed to actually convert the Blu-ray movies into onscreen motion pictures & sound. Yet, the player is userland, and its not really a driver. Its an application.
Perhaps i didn't make myself all that clear. I mean that if, for example, you didn't know some hardware is not compatible with linux and you want to have linux on that computer, you can "make" the driver for linux from the existing one available for windows. I think that would be a good thing.
Don't think that because you may know a lot about linux all of linux users have to know such things. And it'll sure be easier for people that are new to linux if they had some of that tiny little "problems" solved (I particularly am somewhat in the middle, I'm not really good at command lines, but at least I've searched enough to know about compatible/incompatible hardware)