Some companies like SGI are now trying the open source model and will find out
int the process how well it works. Also, it helps to have companies like Adaptec
that used to be very badly supported on linux due to the fact that a lot had to
The issue of open source drivers then came, with companies like Creative Labs who consider the source code to the SB Live card as too confidential for other people to see. At this point, one way to make this evolve is for a company like IBM or VA to say "Jee, we'd love to use your card in our machines, but we only work with open source drivers, so we'll have to go to one of your competitors".
One of the known issue is FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt), but on the other
side, everything has weaknesses and it's not a good idea to ignore them. There
is of course the well known Mindcraft benchmark between linux and NT where NT
was several times faster.
While that test benchmark was specifically designed by the hardware and test choices to get NT to win, later, another independent test confirmed that in some configurations (multi CPU, high end machines) and for some tasks, NT is faster than linux. Now, the constructive response is to improve linux so that it gets better in those areas (although some benchmarks are quite artificial and useless, so not too much time should be spent to please those ones)
As for the issue of compatibility between the different distributions, this is
indeed an issue that the LSB will eventually fix, but the differences are really
small things on top of linux itself to make it easier to use. You can always
use the core commands which work everywhere.
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