The joy of installing hardware in Linux

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Hardware

Linux is often regarded as a great operating system, specially in the server arena. When it comes to home use, though, there are still several weak spots, hardware management and support being one of the most important. In fact, I have raised this as a concern when I have addressed Linux weaknesses in the past. Today, though, I want to write about the bright side of Linux hardware management and support.

IS THERE A BRIGHT SIDE?

Contrary to what many believe, Linux hardware support is superb, which is not the same as saying it supports every single hardware part or device under the sun. This is a key concept that has been misinterpreted (and misused at times).

The great thing about Linux hardware support is that once drivers are natively supported by the kernel, that's when we can actually experiment what truly "plug and play" is all about.

Let me share some examples.