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Date:      Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:18:21 +0100
From:      Bruce Cran <bruce@cran.org.uk>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: 2020: Will BSD and Linux be relevant anymore?
Message-ID:  <4E286D6D.9010201@cran.org.uk>
In-Reply-To: <20110721170055.GD69370@guilt.hydra>
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On 21/07/2011 18:00, Chad Perrin wrote:
> I suspect those drivers are the drivers that have *survived*. I saw 
> hardware suddenly stop working because of driver issues just between 
> SP1 and SP2 of XP -- including, in one case, the hard drive that had 
> the OS on it. The system would start booting, then unload the driver 
> because it was not "compatible", thus losing contact with the very 
> hard drive from which it was loading the OS. Maybe I was just lucky, 
> though. 

Obviously Microsoft does introduce new driver technologies with new OS 
releases: there was a new video architecture in Vista, for example. 
However, they do seem rather good at supporting older technologies such 
as TDI, and I suspect those drivers that fail aren't very well written.

-- 
Bruce Cran



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