[plug] Linux hardware installation gets easy

Mark J Gaynor mark at mjg.id.au
Sun Feb 18 22:20:30 WST 2007

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On 18/02/2007 at 8:56 PM Richard Meyer wrote:

>Hi all,
>Within the last week I have added two new chunks of hardware to my Linux
>machines. The first piece was a SB 5.1 PCI card. After rebooting, where
>I set the BIOS to disregard the onboard sound card, it took about 3
>mouse clicks to tell it all it needed to know about the new sound card -
>admittedly the only way I could find to get Amarok to and the KDE volume
>control to see the new card was to reboot, but it works well since then.
>With the other, I was given a HP 6300C scanner, which I plugged in and
>SUSE asked me what driver to use (it had already selected the correct
>one, anyway). I was scanning within 3 minutes. 
>I really can't complain about the level of hardware awareness. This is
>good stuff.
>I'm sure other Linux distros could do as well.
>Considering that I needed to load drivers off CD for XP for the SB card,
>but I didn't have to reboot, it's pretty much of a muchness.
>And some people say "Linux is too hard".

I think it is related to whether what you want to do you are allowed to do!
It would be nice to think this was happening more and more.


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