Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal
Until the hardware vendors seriously get on board, and until most contemporary hardware works out of the box in its entirety, I think it's premature to talk of "winning".
That's the thing, though... Most contemporary hardware *does* work out of the box. With or without support of the vendors.
There are still a few niggles, but to be honest, I can install Linux and be more sure that things will work than WinXP or OSX. I've had so many problems with XP drivers not existing or being broken in various ways (not to mention my friend's OSX, where basic drivers for printers are still beta after more than a year and a half). My digicam is a Kodak one... Old, but not too much so. Worked under 98, WinXP doesn't like it. It fails to install the first time, and after that, refuses to even attempt to reinstall.
TV cards are similarly easier to run under Linux than XP, where drivers really are problematic.
Add in the fact that most corporate systems and development systems are basic in hardware terms (not really a great need for Odd Dongle X), and Linux has good enough support.
If you are having problems with hardware on an old install, try installing Mandrake 9.1 and see if that helps :)
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