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Windows Supports More Hardware Than Linux, Just Not As Well

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One of the often cited reasons for not switching away from MS Windows is it's breadth of commodity hardware support. The argument often goes something like this: "Since Windows supports all the hardware I have why would I want to risk it not working under Linux? It's better to continue to use what I know will work." While that may be true in and of itself, I'm finding this argument to involve a limited outlook.


Under any operating system device drivers sit close to the system kernel. Regardless of whether you use Linux or Windows your system needs these (usually) small instructional bits of programming to tell the computer what to do with the various peripheral devices hooked into it.

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Why invest into Windows?

Why invest any money into Windows - software or hardware? The only reason people put up with the problems of Windows is because they say they don't do anything important with it. I don't have that much money to waste but maybe other people can afford to put more money into technology they don't need than me.

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