Dell's Ubuntu Offering Shows Why Linux Is Its Own Worst Enemy

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Dell is moving full speed ahead with its rush to deliver Ubuntu Linux on a bunch of upcoming laptops and desktops, but there's a potential problem looming: Multimedia support on the machines may be spotty.

Also, you might have to get yourself a new printer if you opt for the Dell Ubuntu offerings, 'cause the cheapy model you have at home might not work. Writes Hull: "We recommend Linux users buy Dell printers that have PostScript engines in them."

What's going on here? Unfortunately, we're seeing in action why Linux, which is the best operating system money can buy--because it's free--is also its own worst enemy. (Caveat: I'm talking about the desktop, aka client side, here. Of course, Linux is already in the "big time" on the server side.) The big problem is that the availability of Linux drivers, though nowhere near the crisis levels it was several years ago, is still spotty.

Say what you will about Windows, but it's rare that you install a peripheral and find out you can't get a driver.

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