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danielson 11. Jan 2017 03:10 PM

What about driver updates?
 
Windows has regular driver updates (Snaildriver can attest to) - what about Linux? I don't see this happening much over there. Is it because Linux only covers some basic "non-proprietary" drivers?

MidnightCowboy 11. Jan 2017 03:36 PM

Which Linux distribution are you using?

danielson 11. Jan 2017 03:38 PM

ChaletOS has been my longest in use so far.

MidnightCowboy 11. Jan 2017 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danielson (Post 120044)
ChaletOS has been my longest in use so far.

So which applications and/or system components are not working due to driver issues?

danielson 11. Jan 2017 04:40 PM

It's not that the components are not working.
Just curious to know why updates don't seem come around as frequently as they do in Windows?
If i'm not mistaken, updates are not just bug fixes but improvements as well.

MidnightCowboy 11. Jan 2017 04:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danielson (Post 120047)
It's not that the components are not working.
Just curious to know why updates don't seem come around as frequently as they do in Windows?
If i'm not mistaken, updates are not just bug fixes but improvements as well.

In fact next to the use of the falsely named "registry cleaners" and even before malware infections, driver updates are a major cause of Windows destruction.

https://www.destructoid.com/don-t-in...s-347362.phtml

There is a good saying as in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". This is why Linux does not go down the same road as Windows. Users install driver updates because various websites selling this technology tell them they need to and they believe it, just the same as they believe using registry key deleting software will speed up their computer. Laugh?... I nearly died. :D

danielson 11. Jan 2017 05:12 PM

Well, i've never had any evident issues with upgrading any drivers.

Then again, you never know!

Registry tweaks are most surely a no no!

eyeb 16. Jan 2017 09:51 AM

if it isn't broken, why fix it?

danielson 16. Jan 2017 09:53 AM

The way i understand driver updates on Windows is the way kernels are updated for Linux.

Burn-IT 16. Jan 2017 03:03 PM

Driver updates are either to fix bugs or to add new features. The vast majority are purely optional and seldom make their way to being included in the Microsoft updates. Those that do are usually to fix serious problems and are supposedly thoroughly tested by MS testers as well as the developers.

There are so many devices and drivers for them that the versions included in the Windows kernel are generic versions. Windows will always try to use a device, even if badly, and give the opportunity to find better drivers, rather than refuse to use it without the correct drivers.


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